Penance

There are four steps in the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  1. We feel contrition for our sins and a conversion of heart to change our ways.
  2. We confess our sins and human sinfulness to a priest.
  3. We receive and accept forgiveness (absolution) and are absolved of our sins.
  4. We celebrate God’s everlasting love for us and commit to live out a Christian life.

Sin hurts our relationship with God, ourselves and others. As the Catechism states:

The sinner wounds God’s honor and love, his own human dignity…and the spiritual well-being of the Church, of which each Christian ought to be a living stone. To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for the sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world. (CCC 1487, 1488)

The Steps to Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation
If you mention to the priest that it has been a long time since your last confession or that this is your first confession they will help you with the process.

  1.  The priest will greet you and you should make the sign of the cross.  Tell the priest how long it has been since your last confession.
  2. You will confess your sins and the priest will talk with you about your sins.  The priest will give you a penance.
  3. You should pray the Act of Contrition. (Copies are in the Confessional)
  4. The priest will extend his hand and give you absolution
  5. Together you give thanks to God for his forgiveness!

Two more items that might be beneficial to you:

  1. An Examination of Conscience                             
  2. Child Readiness for the Sacrament of Reconcilliation 
 

Important Dates

December 10 or 12, 2018
Optional 30 Minute
Reconciliation Refresher 

January 9, 2019
Reconciliation Prayer Service


Optional Reconciliation Refresher Sign-Up
Link


Recommended Videos

Confession 101:  Part 1

Confession 101:  Part 2

Penance (why we confess)