Not only does it [the Sacrament of Penance] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
In this sacrament of healing we are reconciled to God and the Church. --CCC. nos. 1420-1498
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated each SATURDAY from 3:00-3:30 pm in the church.
Please note the following changes:
-For safety reasons, the sacrament will be celebrated in the Minister's sign in room in the gathering space (This room is on the right just before you enter the sanctuary). Penitents will stand. Reconciliation can be face to face or behind a screen (for anonymity).
-The children's room and Sanctuary will be closed during reconciliation.
-Maintain proper social distancing while waiting in the gathering space.
-A mask must be worn.
Persons uncomfortable with these guidelines can call the parish office to make an appointment with Fr. Jack to celebrate the sacrament.
Communal celebrations of the sacrament of reconciliation are typically held during Advent and Lent.
This year, due to COVID, we will not have a communal penance service. However, Fr. Jack will be available to celebrate the sacrament at 7:00pm Thursday December 17th. Reconciliation will be celebrated in the church.
Children celebrating this sacrament for the first time: Prior to celebrating the sacrament, the Diocese of Raleigh requires children to participate in two years of Religious Education as well as completion of parish Sacramental Preparation Sessions. Parents must be registered, supporting members of the parish. Contact the office for more information.
Sacramental Preparation Session Schedule-TBD