The Sacrament of Reconciliation is sometimes referred to as the Sacrament of Confession. Whereas Confession stresses the action of the believer in the sacrament, Reconciliation stresses the action of God, who uses the sacrament to reconcile us to Himself by restoring sanctifying grace in our souls.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments recognized by the Catholic Church. Catholics believe that all of the sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ himself. In the case of Reconciliation, that institution occurred on Easter Sunday, when Christ first appeared to the apostles after his Resurrection. Breathing on them, he said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).
The purpose of this Sacrament is to reconcile man to God. When we sin, we deprive ourselves of God’s grace. And by doing so, we make it easier to sin again. The only way out of this downward cycle is to acknowledge our sins, to repent of them, and to ask God’s forgiveness. Then, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, grace can be restored to our souls, and we can once again resist sin.
Children in the Sacramental Preparation Program will be prepared to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Parish Reconciliation Services are scheduled in the seasons of Lent and Advent.
If you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation outside of these times please phone the pastor at 306 764 4637