Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, commonly referred to as “Confession,” is regularly scheduled each Friday morning before Mass and Saturday evenings before Mass. Additional times may be noted in the church bulletin or calendar. For more information, or to arrange an alternate time that works well for you, you may contact the church office.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (and Penance) must be seen within the context of conversion from sin and a turn to God. Peter wept bitterly over his triple denial of Christ but received the grace of conversion and expressed it with a threefold confession of love for Jesus (cf. Lk 22:54-62; Jn 21:15-19). Paul was converted from persecuting Christians to becoming one of the greatest Disciples of Christ who ever lived (cf. Acts 9:1-31). These moments of conversion were only the beginning of their lifelong commitment to living in fidelity to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Though I may accurately say that my sins are forgiven by God, there is often times an underlying sentiment that my sin only affects me and my relationship with God. The communion we share as one Body of Christ empowers us to think of sin in a different light. If my arm were to receive a cut, my whole body would experience the pain and help with the healing. So true, then, is the Body of Christ. If a member of the Body of Christ sins, the whole Body of Christ experiences the sin and helps with the healing. That is why we say, “Sin harms our relationship with God and damages our communion with the Church (the Body of Christ).”

The Sacrament of Reconciliation helps, by the grace of God, foster conversion of heart away from sin and toward God. Despite its varying history, in this Sacrament there have always been two essentials: the acts of the person who has sinned (the penitent) and the acts of Christ through the ministry of the Church. Neither of these acts is possible without the grace of God.

When I share in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I can confidently come before the Priest, and he will not see me in my weaknesses, but in my strengths… the God-given strengths that allows me to acknowledge my sin and grow in my faith and continual conversion.

“…all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his blood, to prove his righteousness because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed, through the forbearance of God—to prove his righteousness in the present time, that he might be righteous and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Rom 3:23-26)

For more information and guidance for “How to Go To Confession,” please follow this link.