Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)Receiving God's boundless mercy and reconciling with the Church
Unwearied is God’s love for us!
Humans are broken. We are weak and prone to resist God’s will in our lives. Even after coming to know and love Christ, we find ourselves again and again in need of His mercy due to our personal sin. The Church has traditionally called this oftentimes frustrating experience of our fallen nature “concupiscence.” We naturally seek the “good” in all the wrong ways, and this separates us and hardens us against God’s grace.
We should never grow discouraged by our failings, however, because God’s love for us never changes. As Pope Francis put it, “God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.” (The Joy of the Gospel) The Psalms tell us that God is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 86) This patient gentleness towards sinners was most clearly revealed, however, in Jesus Christ the Incarnate God. In the person of Jesus and in His saving action on the Cross, we see the face of God’s mercy. Indeed, Christ came not to call the righteous, but sinners! He died for us, He rose for us, and He continues to intercede for us from Heaven. This is very good news.
Why do I need to go to Confession?
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, better known as “Confession,” is the means by which the Church distributes this rich mercy offered by Jesus on Calvary. In the person of your neighborhood parish priest, the same Jesus who said “Your sins are forgiven” once again speaks through the power of the Holy Spirit to us today: “I absolve you of your sins, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” The graces received in the sacrament of Reconciliation heal our relationship with the Father, restore us to the life of grace forfeited through mortal sin, and empower us to avoid the occasions of sin in the future.
What if I haven’t been to Confession in a long time?
If you haven’t been to Confession for a while, we invite you to do so! God eagerly wants to offer you His forgiveness. It is very natural to have some anxieties about telling a priest your “business,” but remember that he is under oath to protect your confidentiality. He is the humble instrument the Lord uses to speak His forgiveness to us. Pope Francis put it best when he said that the confessional should never be a torture chamber! Therefore, “we implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
First Reconciliation Prep
Preparing for First Reconciliation
Confessions are regularly heard every Saturday from 3:30 – 4:45 PM, however appointments can be scheduled as necessary.
Jesus breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them”John 20:22-23