THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
“When he was still far away, his father saw him and was moved with mercy. He ran to him and embraced and kissed him.”
"The Church is solicitous in calling the faithful to continual conversion and renewal. It desires that the baptized who have sinned should acknowledge their sins against God and their neighbor .. The Church carries this ministry out by the Good News of salvation …” (Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship 1973)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the way the church celebrates repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation, our giftedness, and ongoing conversion. The Sacrament of Reconciliation presents us today with the task of healing and transforming our own individual hearts, as well as furthering Jesus’ mission of healing and transforming the sinful and unfinished condition of the world.
The revised rite allows for the Celebration of Reconciliation of individual penitents as well as the Celebration of a Reconciliation Service prior to individual confessions, emphasizing the relation of the Sacrament to the community. Reconciliation, then, is an across-the-board matter: individual, familial, social, ecclesial.
At 5:15 pm on Thursdays, we offer you the opportunity to gather in the chapel and celebrate the forgiveness of God in your life, followed by individual confessions. This Sacrament may also be celebrated at any time by scheduling an appointment with a priest. There are two Parish Reconciliation Celebrations each year; one during Advent and one during Lent. We celebrate First Reconciliation annually for children.
The parish community supports and assists parents in preparing their children for the initial celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Details of this program are contained in the section of this booklet titled “Children’s Programs.”