Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession, Penance) is the Sacrament through which sins committed after Baptism can be forgiven, and reconciliation with God and community can be affected. Through this Sacrament we are pardoned and reconciled with the Church through God’s mercy. Because we are members of the Body of Christ, everything we do, either good or ill, has an effect on the rest of the Body. By this Sacrament, our sins, which have brought harm to ourselves and others, are forgiven.

There are times in life we can turn the wrong direction. We make poor choices which miss the mark of God’s intention for us as human beings. Bottom line is … we sin. Certain sin does damage to our relationship with God, with our fellow human beings, and with our very self. The remedy for serious sin (mortal) is the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation. We confess our sins to Jesus through the person of the priest. We say we are sorry to our Lord, receive penance, and vow to avoid serious sin in the future. We then receive absolution (forgiveness for our sins).

We can never out-sin God’s mercy. Our Father never tires of forgiving our sin. We, however, often tire of asking for God’s forgiveness. By availing ourselves to this healing sacrament, by God’s love, we are reconciled to Him and to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

At St. Rene Goupil, the penitent has the option of “going to Confession” face-to-face with the priest, or can utilize a private screen which protects one’s identity. What is shared in confession can NEVER be revealed by the priest under penalty of Church law. The sacrament exists to bring healing to a troubled soul, not to pile mounds of guilt on it. God is always merciful provided we are sorry and ask forgiveness.

Prior to making use of this Sacrament, we encourage the person to spend time in prayer asking Jesus to help bring to mind any serious sin committed since one’s last confession. It helps to jot them down on a piece of paper. Feel free to bring this paper with you. The priest can also assist you if you need help.

Reconciliation time at St. Rene is on Saturday from 3:15 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. You can also call the parish office to schedule a time to meet with a priest.

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Sacrament in which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven. It results in reconciliation with God and the Church. (US Catholic Catechism for Adults, Glossary)