Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing. It is a sacrament which celebrates conversion, change, growth, and, thus, a reconciling with God and with the Christian community, the Church.
Children are encouraged to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before their First Holy Communion. It is celebrated during the season of Lent.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus comforts us. He strengthens us on our journey. We are reconciled with God, with the Church, and with the people we have hurt. Through this sacrament the Church celebrates Jesus’ gift of forgiveness.
When he celebrates the sacrament of Reconciliation, or Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep and of the Father who welcomes home the prodigal son on his return. The priest is the sign and the instrument of God’s merciful love for the sinner.
‘The Sacrament of Penance is about much more than simply the forgiveness of a person’s sins. It is about God the Father of mercies seeking to draw that person more deeply into the community of love that is the Church, united with Jesus.’
Thinking about Reconciliation, Pt 1
(Liturgy Office, Bishops’Conference of England & Wales, 2004)
The sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession is available on Saturday 6.00 p.m. before Mass at 6.30 p.m. Alternatively it may be arranged by appointment. Contact Fr Reg