PenanceThe Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Penance or Confession) celebrates God’s divine mercy and forgiveness to all in need.  The priest, standing in for Jesus, listens to the cries of the heart and on behalf of the community, speaks the words of absolution that release penitents from the chains that bind them.

 

One of the accusations leveled against Jesus was that he was a “friend of tax collectors and sinners” (LK 7:34). He reached out to those whom many shunned, such as lepers, Samaritans, and other individuals thought to be sinners. He reached out in love and mercy to heal and forgive through the power of God’s mysterious love.

Ultimately, through the mystery of reconciliation the Church stands with the father of the prodigal son to rejoice, “Your brother was dead, and has come back to life. He was lost, and is found” (LK 15:32).

Confessions at St. Edward the Confessor:  Monday 6:00—7:30 p.m. and Saturday 4:00—5:00 p.m.  (Also by appointment)

For First Reconciliation please see Faith Formation – First Communion Preparation.