The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Penance) is the means by which Christ heals a person of wounds caused by his/her sins. This Sacrament expresses God’s desire to be in a “Holy Communion” with His people. For this to happen, each of us must freely choose to accept God’s invitation to share in His life. However, given our tendency to be self-centered, we make choices and sometimes behave in ways that are contrary to God’s law or plan. We call these sins and they lessen our relationship with God and with one another. Through Christ’s death and Resurrection, there is now the opportunity to be restored in our relationship to God.
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In the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2: 19-23) Jesus greets the disciples in the Upper Room after the Resurrection and says to each of them “Peace be with You” then he breathes on them and says “Who sins you shall forgive they are forgiven. Who sins you shall retain, they are retained.” In this sacred moment the Apostles are commissioned to forgive sins directly from Christ. At Ordination, from a modern day apostle, the bishop of the diocese, our priests receive the same capacity to free us from all sinfulness.
There are four parts to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Confessions are every Saturday from 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm at the church. Watch the calendar for special services during Advent/Lend. First Reconciliation takes place prior to First Holy Eucharist.
"Be at peace with your own soul, then heaven and earth will be at peace with you."