Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is for our spiritual healing. According to the Gospels, after the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the apostles, breathed on them, and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” (John 20:22-23) That is why Jesus left us this sacrament, to heal our spiritual wounds, which we call sin. Receiving this sacrament pardons us from our sins through the mercy of God and reconciles us with the Church community.

 

Reconciliation is offered every Saturday from 4 to 4:30 pm in church. Our Reconciliation room is behind the altar area on the southwest side of the Church building. During Lent and Advent our parish has a community Penance Service, and additional reconciliation times are scheduled for our school and religious education students.

 

Private confession is available by appointment with any priest.

 

It’s been a long time . . . how do I go to “Confession” today?

 

Examine your conscience by reviewing the Ten Commandments and identifying those that have broken. And have perfect contrition for these sins; in other words be truly sorry for them and resolved to not repeat them.

 

 • Enter the reconciliation room and greet the priest. Say “bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been xxx since my last confession.”

 

 • Confess mortal or serious sins and answer any questions the priest has.

 

 • When finished confessing, say an Act of Contrition:

 

Oh my God, I am very sorry for having offended You. I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and fear the pain of hell, but most of all, because I have offended You, my God, who are all good and deserving of my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

 

• The priest will say the prayer of Absolution and have a penance for you to do.

 

 • Leave the Reconciliation Room and immediately perform the penance given to us.

 

First Reconciliation for Children

 

First Reconciliation is received in Grade 2 prior to First Eucharist.

The sacrament is received on a Saturday morning, usually in November.

The children are prepared as part of their School Religion or Religious Education classes

 

In the family, children learn attitudes of forgiveness and sin and experience God's love and forgiveness and the love of their parents and families. Parental participation and involvement is essential for our children to understand this Sacrament, therefore one parent preparation meeting is required.