Reconciliation is the Sacrament by which an individual is able to restore themselves to grace, with contrite heart and by freely confessing their sins before a priest, receiving absolution, and fulfilling their penance. Christ handed the “Keys to the Kingdom” to St. Peter, saying “Whose sins you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven, and whose sins you bind on earth, shall be bound in Heaven.” Sharing in the ONE PRIESTHOOD of Christ, a validly ordained priest is able to bestow the infinite mercy of Christ upon a contrite and desiring individual. Then rejoicing with the Church, the conversion from the life of sin, one is able to once again fully participate in the life of Faith.
Who Can Receive the Sacrament? Well anyone can confess their sins to anyone or even say they do it to God in prayer. Yet there is a particular grace within the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Although one may be Baptized, restored heir to Heaven, by our free will we may sin against God. No of us are perfect after all. However Christ gave the Church this great Sacrament to restore us to grace when we do sin. Some may sin in a simple way, venial sins, that are lying, cheating, cursing etc. Some may have mortal sins, turning away from God, scaring the soul, adultery, murder, lust, etc. Either way, within the Sacrament of Reconciliation, one is able to once again live out the life of faith as a full participant, with out division in their heart. Baptized Catholics may participate in the Sacrament.
When Can One Receive the Sacrament? Tuesdays and Thursday at 7am-7:30am, Saturday from 3:45-4:30pm. By appointment, call the rectory.