Sacrament of Healing
For information about scheduling your First Reconciliation, call the parish office.
Weekly Reconciliation on Saturday from 4:00-4:30pm is made available to all. The beautiful sacrament is available to heal our sinfulness and bring us closer to God. We are encouraged to receive Reconciliation frequently. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available by scheduling an appointment.
Catholics believe that all of the sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ himself. In the case of Reconciliation, that institution occurred on Easter Sunday, when Christ first appeared to the apostles after his Resurrection.
Breathing on them, he said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.” John 20:22-23.
In Reconciliation we are healed, washed clean of our sins with an outward sign called absolution.
The inward reconciling of man to God is the purpose of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When we sin, we deprive ourselves of God’s grace. And by doing so, we make it even easier to sin some more. The only way out of this downward cycle is to acknowledge our sins, to repent of them, and to ask God’s forgiveness. Then, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, grace can be restored to our souls, and we can once again resist sin.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation requires three things of the penitent:
• He must be contrite—or, in other words, sorry for his sins.
• He must confess those sins fully, in kind and in number.
• He must be willing to do penance and make amends for his sins.