Reconciliation is one of the two Sacraments of Healing. It has been known as Confession and Penance over the generations. During Reconciliation, we acknowledge our sins, ask for God’s forgiveness and receive absolution from our sins. Usually, a penance is also given, which is like an assignment for us to do, generally saying prayers or doing loving actions.
We read of Reconciliation in John 20:21-23. Having resurrected, Jesus appears to the Apostles. As He speaks with them, He gives instructions to them saying, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, whose sins you retain are retained.” This is how priests receive the authority to forgive sins. It is part of their priestly vocation in following Jesus’ instructions.
Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday from 4:00 - 4:30 pm in the reconciliation room in the Church or by appointment. Two communal reconciliation services are offered annually during the advent and lenten seasons. Please check the parish website for details during these liturgical seasons.