The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy. Not only does it 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). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ’s dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy.
Preparation for child’s first confession begins in the 2nd semester of 2nd grade. This is a Home Study program. Registration/informational letters are mailed to the enrolled 2nd graders in the release time program. THE SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION WILL BE CELEBRATED ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019 AT 10 A.M. IN CHURCH.
It is a Diocesan requirement that children preparing for this sacrament also be enrolled in the parish religious ed/faith formation program. Please provide us with your child’s baptismal certificate.
This is open to all parish families and if your child does not attend “release time” through Marcellus school district, arrangements can be made to accommodate this situation. Please call Mrs. O’Connor 673 4107.
There are two Sunday afternoon workshops required for both parent and child and these workshops will reinforce their regular religious ed classes.
Fee: $30.00 for each sacrament. Scholarships available. For more info call the office 673-4107.
Text: Loyola Press, Gift of Reconciliation