“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 20:22-23
Reconciliation is a time of repentance and asking for forgiveness for our wrongdoings and sins. It is a sign of healing through the church between the repentant and God. We must be sorrowful for our sins and it’s an open invitation to changing our hearts to help us live differently and change our lifestyles for the better. There are three different ways to celebrate God’s forgiveness.
- Penance Service – The community gathers and prays together, remembering that our sin is communal and affects all of us. There is an opportunity to confess sins, receive the assurance of forgiveness, and offer thanksgiving as as community.
- Individual Confession – This is the original form of the sacrament and individuals go into a room, giving the penitent the opportunity to seek spiritual help. At this time individuals can stay behind a screen, or go face to face, expressing sins and asking for forgiveness, then typically praying or doing something to aid in the absolution.
- General Absolution – This method is for circumstances where individual confession is not possible, yet it reassures us that God’s forgiveness is not dependent on anything we say or do, only on our acceptance.
Individual Confession Times are held as follows:
Tuesday at Mary Help of Christians from 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Thursday at Mary Help of Christians before the 1st Friday from 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Friday at St. Joseph following the 7:15am Mass from starting at approximately 7:45am
The 1st Friday of the Month at Mary Help of Christians from 11:00am – 11:45am
The 1st Saturday at St. Peter after 8:30am Mass
Saturday’s at Mary Help of Christians from 3:30pm – 4:15pm