(The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican )
And the Publican standing at the back of the church struck his breast and said: " O Lord be merciful to me a sinner."
What Is Reconciliation?
It is a sacramental encounter with the healing Jesus, who spent a great part of his life on earth healing and forgiving .
This authority was given to the apostles on that first Easter Sunday night by the risen Lord: "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained." John 20:22-23
The act of confessing one's sins and receiving from God a word of forgiveness addressed personally to each individual is to proclaim that in the human race, each one counts before God.
The healing power of the sacrament is best expressed in the joy that is felt in the momentous action of absolution granted by the priest in the name of and acting in the person of Jesus Christ.
It is called the sacrament of confession since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament.
It is called the sacrament of forgiveness since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace." The parable of the Prodigal Son is a testament to confession and forgiveness.
The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship followed by peace and serenity of conscience.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is completed at Mary, Mother of God during the second year of Religious instruction, prior to Holy Communion. For more information, please call Religious Education office.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is offered in the parish on Saturdays, 4:00pm - 5.00pm and by appointment.
For more information on the sacrament of Reconciliation, please watch the following short video produced by the Paulist Fathers: Sacrament of Reconciliation