Reconciliation

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday (except Holy Saturday) from 3 to 3:45 pm.  You may also call the rectory to schedule an appointment with a priest.

     

  • The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church.  We Catholics are fortunate to have the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is the ordinary way for us to have our sins forgiven. This sacrament is a powerful help to get rid of our weaknesses, grow in holiness, and lead a balanced and virtuous life.

    STEPS FOR RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:

    Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, be sure to prepare with an an examination of conscience.

    The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation includes the following steps:

    1. The priest greets us, and we pray the Sign of the Cross. He invites us to trust in God. He may read God’s Word with us.

    2. We confess our sins. The priest may help and counsel us.

    3. The priest gives us a penance to perform. Penance is an act of kindness or prayers to pray, or both.

    4. The priest asks us to express our sorrow, usually by reciting the Act of Contrition.

    5. We receive absolution. The priest says, “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We respond, “Amen.”

    6. The priest dismisses us by saying, “Go in peace.” We go forth to perform the act of penance he has given us.