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Reconciliation Confession Penance

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This Sacrament is known under a number of names: Reconciliation, Penance, and Confession. Instituted by Christ (John 20:23) this sacrament takes away all sin and restores the soul to grace and innocence. Sacramental confession requires contrition on the part of the penitent, disclosure of sins and satisfaction (a given penance that atones for the sins). “In imparting to His apostles His own power to forgive sins the Lord also gives them the authority to reconcile sinners with the Church. This ecclesial dimension of their task is expressed most notably in Christ’s solemn words to Simon Peter, ‘I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whateve3r you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’” (CC 1444)

Typically, the penitent begins: “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (time period) since my last confession.” The penitent then confesses his/her sins which must include all mortal sins. The sinner may also confess venial sins. The Catechism recommends, “Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. Indeed, the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves by healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father’s Mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as He is merciful.” This is especially recommended if the penitent has no mortal sins to confess. According to the Catechism, “without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. Indeed the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father’s Mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as He is merciful”. (CC 1458)

Video of penance

We reconcile with ourselves, with God, and with our brothers and sisters. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated at St Cecilia’s at the following times:

  • Every Wednesday Evening, starting at 7:00 pm, during Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
  • Every Saturday Morning, starting at 8:30 am, (immediately after the 8:00 am Saturday Morning Mass)
  • During Advent and Lent in preparation for Christmas and Easter.
  • By appointment with a priest.
  • All our school children and faith formation (religious education) children are also given the Sacrament of Penance during Advent and Lent every year.