Becoming a Catholic
Celebration of Mass
Anointing of the Sick
Through the sacrament of Penance, God offers mercy and forgiveness. In response
to this gift, we are called to become vehicles of Christ’s love, making amends
and restoring justice and the bonds that have been broken. Healed and forgiven,
we are sent to work for peace, justice and love in our communities and world.
Rediscover the Sacrament of Penance Benedict XVI, 2007
Misericordia Dei (On the Mercy of God)
(John Paul II, 2002)
"How to Celebrate the Sacrament of
by Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M.
"Ten Tips for Better Confessions: The Gift of
by Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M., S.T.D
"The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Celebrating God's Forgiveness"
by Sandra DeGidio, O.S.M.
"Preparing for Confession: Taking Your Spiritual
by Rev. Thomas M. Case
"Reconciliation: An Experience of Forgiveness"
by Ellen Fanizzi
Update Your Faith:
What's the difference between Confession and Reconciliation?
Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest?
Is Confession based on the Bible?
Is Confession by e-mail allowed?
If I have no mortal or venial sins to confess, should I still
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them
Effects of the Reconciliation
--restores us to God's grace and intimate friendship
--reconciliation with God and the Church
--peace of conscience and spiritual consolation
--the remission of the eternal punishment due to mortal sin
--a greater power to face spiritual challenges
Communal Reconciliation Services
Take place at St. Mary on a Sunday afternoon during Advent and Lent