“God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” —Rite of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the first of two Sacraments of Healing and is often called our “second baptism” in the sense that we are once again brought out of the darkness of sin and into the life and light of Christ. We also must remember that Reconciliation not only gives us the grace of forgiveness, but also the grace and the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin and to fight temptation and the near occasion of sin. In other words, the more we receive Penance the more we will have the grace and the power to overcome sin in the future. Not only does Penance restore us to life, but it is also an extraordinary medicine against temptation and sin.
Children who were baptized as infants may prepare to begin celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation when they reach grade 2. Parents must attend a parent meeting in order to be instructed on how to prepare their own child. At this meeting they will also receive materials to be used in this instruction.
Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated Saturdays at 4:15 PM or by appointment. Call the Rectory at (603) 526-4484.