Penance

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.

There are four steps in the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  1. We feel contrition for our sins and a conversion of heart to change our ways.
  2. We confess our sins and human sinfulness to a priest.
  3. We receive and accept forgiveness (absolution) and are absolved of our sins.
  4. We celebrate God’s everlasting love for us and commit to live out a Christian life.

Sin and Conversion 

Sin hurts our relationship with God, ourselves and others.

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 that our sins have upon the wider community and how we might participate in sinful systems.

Contrition and conversion lead us to seek a forgiveness for our sins so as to repair damaged relationships with God, our 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.

Effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation 

Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are reconciled with God and the Church, recover the life of grace, avoid the punishment incurred by mortal sin, and grow in peace of conscience and spiritual consolation. Individual confession with a priest is the principal means of absolution and reconciliation of grave sins within the Church. 

 

St. Matthew's Parish celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation every Saturday at the following times: 8:30-9am and 4:00-5pm. The sacrament is also celebrated on the first Thursday of each month: 6:30-7:30pm.

 

Please contact Fr. Jerry or Fr. Joe if you would like to arrange to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at another time: 570-421-2342.

 

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)
 

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