The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is one of the seven sacraments of the Church, through which we receive God’s grace and love. Before Jesus returned to Heaven after the Resurrection, he gave authority to his Apostles to forgive sins in his name (John 20:21-23). It is this same gift that has been passed on to the Church through the ministry of Bishops and Priests.
What is the sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession?
The Sacrament is our opportunity to be reconciled with God when we have wandered from his ways, in thought, word or deed. And we are contrite for what we have done or failed to do. Rather like the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), we have come to our senses and want to be one with Our Father again. Imagine having an argument with a loved one, without holding back! Once you have finished, it would be impossible just to shrug your shoulders and walk away, for this would hurt that relationship. You would actually have to say the words, and be sorry, willing to build that relationship afresh. The sacrament allows us to actually say the words of being sorry to God and receive the affirmation of being forgiven. For God always loves us, and is ready to forgive through his Son Jesus Christ.
Upcoming times of Reconciliation in the Parish.
Reconciliation can also be provided by appointment, to arrange a meeting with a priest please contact the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01483 562 704 (option 1).
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Explained.
A Guide to Confession.
Confession is a healing encounter with the God who loves us first. It can seem intimidating to go to confession, especially if it has been a long time since we've been to church, but with some simple preparation, it can be a healing encounter with Christ that will leave you filled with peace. Find a great guide by clicking the button below.
The lost son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, ended up alone with the pigs. While he was alone, he came to his senses and realised how he had turned away from his father – how he had sinned. We also must spend time in quiet to think about the ways we have sinned or turned away from God's free gift of love. We can ask God, through the help of his Holy Spirit, to be honest with ourselves . The time we spend preparing to confess our sins is called the Examination of Conscience.
An examination of conscience based on the 10 Commandments