Reconciliation and Penance
All Saints: Sat., 3:00 pm; St. Francis: Sat. 10-11 am, Mon. 7:15 am, Thur 4:30 pm, or by appt.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” John 20:21-23
“But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing”. 1 John 1:9
“For by the blood of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God.” Ephesians 1:7.
First Reconciliation is received by Catholic children at the age of seven or later.This is the age at which the Church considers a child capable of understanding, at a sufficient level, what sin is and what God’s forgiveness is. Individuals who join the Catholic Church later in life will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of their initiation into the Catholic Faith. They will receive their instruction about Reconciliation in a manner appropriate to their level of maturity.
There is no substitute for the incredible grace of starting life again with Christ, being brought to renewal through the cleansing grace given in this sacrament. So often people tell of the tremendous feeling – a weight being lifted, a cleanness or freshness of heart – that comes from receiving God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance. In receiving this sacrament, we are assured that, by confessing all our sins to a priest and receiving absolution, we are forgiven by God. We are better prepared to give witness to His life within us, to appear before His judgment seat, and share His life for all eternity!
Act of Contrition