Confession, Jesus is there…and He receives you with so much love. Do not be afraid of Confession! One who is line to confess feels all these things – even shame – but then, when he finishes confessing, he leaves free, great, beautiful, forgiven…happy. And this is the beauty of Confession.” Pope Francis
The faithful are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly. It is important that we make this reflection of our lives and our sinfulness. This is part of our regular experience of prayer. It is also important for us to seek out the grace of Sacramental forgiveness through Reconciliation.
Reconciliation is the sacrament in which we are forgiven by God and the Church for our sins. When we celebrate Reconciliation, we receive God’s help to do God’s loving will, to avoid all forms of sin, and to live as God’s people. We can receive the sacrament of Reconciliation individually.
The Rite of Reconciliation includes an Examination of Conscience, in which we think about how well we have been living God’s will; Confession, in which we tell our sins to a priest in private; Contrition, in which we tell God we are sorry for our sins; Penance, in which we say prayers or do good deeds to make up for the hurt caused by our sins; and Absolution, in which the priest forgives us by making the sign of the cross over us and saying in part, “Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” These words and the stole the priest wears are the signs of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at Our Lady of Grace Church each Saturday from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. It is also offered any time by appointment. Additionally there are evening Parish Penance Services scheduled once during Advent & Lent.