CCC 1422 on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation:
“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example and by prayer labors for their conversion.”
In the struggle of Christian life, because of the frailty and weakness of human nature we stray by sin from the Father’s love. St. Ambrose speaks of two conversions – “the water of Baptism and the tears of repentance”. It is in discovering the greatness of God’s love that our heart is shaken by the horror and weight of sin. Through the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace” and strength to make amends and begin anew. The Penitent passes from death to life, sin to sonship. (See CCC 1423, 1426, 1429, 1432 and 1459.)
PRACTICE IN THE PARISH
Priests are available in the confessional every Saturday from 6.30 to 7.00p.m.
We encourage parishioners to make Dialogue confessions on any day by prior appointment.