St Mary’s Church every Saturday after 10:00am Mass & 6:00pm
Church of the Resurrection every Friday after 9:15am Mass & Sat 7:00pm
First Friday before 7.30 pm Mass in both Churches.
Sadly confession is probably the most neglected sacrament today.
Jesus said “I came to call sinners”
Christ died for our sins.
As we read the Gospel we learn that Jesus brought healing to many, many people, He calmed so many storms in peoples live, He gave repentant sinners new hope. He did not condemn. “Has no one condemned you? No sir. Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” The words of Jesus to the woman caught committing adultery. John 8:10-11.
In our society so many of us are searching so many places for healing and peace. Jesus offers it freely to us in the sacrament of Penance/Confession. If you have forgotten the last time you confessed do not be ashamed or afraid to return to the sacrament of Confession and you will be pleasantly surprised. More and more people are returning to seek God’s mercy and forgiveness and receiving great compassion, pardon, peace and spiritual guidance.
“I confess to Almighty God and to you my brothers and sisters that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do”
Sin is also not just a failure to love God directly but also a failure to love one another. This is referred to as “the community sense of sin”.
Contrition, a genuine sense of sorrow for one’s sins.
Confession, humbly telling your sins to a priest in Confession.
Promise to make amends
Absolution, people are forgiven their sins by the words and actions of the priest.
Words of Absolution said by the priest in Confession:
God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son has reconciled the world and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.
Through the ministry of the church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Forms of Celebration
The sacrament can be celebrated in a one-to-one encounter with a priest: this is known as ‘individual confession’. Many parishes also organise ‘Penitential Services’ at special times; e.g. Advent, Lent and Parish Missions. In this form of celebration, which is communal, people prepare as a community and many priests hear the confessions individually and penitents receive absolution individually.
Penance is a sign of sorrow and a commitment to try to make amends to do penance It is also a sign of our sincerity to change our lives. This is what is meant by conversion. It may be in the form of specific prayer time, or a certain prayer or something practical.
Act of Sorrow:
O my God I thank you for loving me.
I am sorry for my sins, for not loving You and not loving others.
Help me to live like Jesus and not to sin again.
Confession for the First Time:
This celebration takes place on specific weekday evenings at 7.00 pm during Lent. It is prepared for during the programme, Grow in Love of the Lord. This can be an opportunity for other members of the family also to confess their sins.
The Parish pastoral council is a leadership group through which priests and people work together as partners in furthering the mission of Christ.
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