The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the ritual under the leadership of the bishop or priest in which sinners confess and are reconciled both to God and to the Church. It is a sacrament of healing.
Reconciliation is found on nearly every page of the New Testament; it is an essential part of the gospel message. Jesus preached a message of reconciliation both in his parables and in his healings. His life, death, and Resurrection were all part of revelation: the good news of God’s gift of reconciliation. The entire life of a disciple of Jesus is essentially a life of reconciliation. Nonetheless in the course of history, the Church developed a ritual of reconciliation which came to be called a sacrament.
This took a more modern form when Celtic monks came as missionaries to continental Europe in the latter part of the sixth century. The Roman form of penance, which was public and available only once in a lifetime, was very slowly replaced with the Celtic form, which was private and frequent — more a form of spiritual direction. Only in the Eastern churches have public forms of Penance continued down to the present time.
[The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism]
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+ The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Saturday afternoon in our parish church
from 4 – 4:45pm.
+ If there is an urgent need during the week, please call the rectory at 834-1220 for an appointment.
+ Our parish second graders will be receiving First Reconciliation during Lent.