The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is one of two sacraments of healing. It is the sacrament that brings spiritual healing for Catholics who have distanced themselves from God from committing sins. There are four elements involved:
- The penitent’s contrition for sin
- Confession to a priest
- Absolution by the priest
Reconciliation is more than going to church and confessing sins to a priest. It is an ongoing process, a life long journey of recognizing when we have not loved as we should, when we have not followed Jesus’ way expressed in the Gospels. Then, it involves the desire to change, experience conversion and live the Gospel by loving others as Jesus did. After recognizing that we have sinned and desiring to change, then we go forth and celebrate in Church with a faith community of sinners, that God loves each us. Catholics confess to God our sins through the priest so that we hear the words of forgiveness. “I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We receive the grace of God, with fellow believers, giving us strength to love as God loves and sin no more. Do we sin again? Of course, but each time we go through the process of recognizing our short comings, celebrating God’s love for us despite ourselves and celebrating it with other believers, we come closer to loving as God loves.
If you are a baptized Catholic who seeks to complete your initiation through the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Eucharist, or if you have been baptized in another Christian tradition and seek full-communion in the Catholic Church, you can take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Read more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is held every Saturday after the 5:15pm Mass and on Tuesdays & Fridays at 8:40am in the Reconciliation Chapel. The Reconciliation Chapel is located on the East side of the Sanctuary.