Reconciliation

WHAT IS RECONCILIATION?

Reconciliation is also called Penance and/or Confession. Those who approach the sacrament of Reconciliation obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him. They are reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins. Sin hurts our relationship with God, and a mature understanding of sin includes reflecting upon our thoughts, actions, and omissions as well as examining the patterns of sin that may arise in our lives.

With contrite hearts, we are also called to reflect upon the effects of our sins upon the wider community and how we might participate in sinful systems. Contrition and conversion lead us to seek forgiveness for our sins so as to repair damaged relationships with God, self, and others.  We believe that only ordained priests have the faculty of absolving sins from the authority of the Church in the name of Jesus Christ (CCC 1495).  Our sins are forgiven by God, through the priest.

 

RECONCILIATION SCHEDULE

Saturday 4:00 pm English Only in the Reconciliation Room
Penance Services are scheduled during the season of Advent and Lent

English and Spanish Reconciliation available on March 30, 2022 at 7:00 PM

 

YOU WILL BE SET FREE


The Spiritual effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation include:

  • reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace
  • reconciliation with the Church
  • remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins
  • remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin
  • peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation
  • an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle (CCC 1496)

Individual confession with a priest is the principal means of absolution and reconciliation of grave sins within the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation frees us from sinful patterns of behavior and calls us to complete conversion to Christ. Reconciliation heals our sins and repairs our relationships.

For a guideline booklet on receiving First Reconciliation at St. Cecilia, click here.

If you are an adult and wish to review information and guidelines for receiving this Sacrament, click here for that guideline booklet.

Jesus forgives our sins

“And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ ​and given us the ministry of reconciliation” 

2 Corinthians 5:18