Sacrament of Penance
Not only does the Sacrament of Penance [also commonly called the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."
[Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy.]
Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession, we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him, we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
A Penance service is available every Saturday at 3:00 pm in the Chapel or by appointment.
If you or someone you know would like to make their first Penance or would simply like to know more about the Sacrament of Penance, please contact the Parish Office: (941) 923-1691.