A Sacrament of Healing
The faithful are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly. It is important that we make the reflection of our lives and our sinfulness part of our regular experience of prayer. It is also important for us to seek out the grace Sacramental forgiveness through Reconciliation provides. Open your heart to the healing power of reconciliation.
This Sacrament of Reconciliation is often called the:
- Sacrament of Penance since it calls the sinner personally to repentance.
- Sacrament of Confession since in confessing our sins we acknowledge the need for God and we praise His loving mercy.
- Sacrament of Forgiveness since absolution grants us pardon and peace.
- Sacrament of Conversion because it has the capacity to change our hearts.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation because it imparts to each of us the love of God who heals and reconciles us to God himself, to the Church, and to our loved ones. Regardless of the name, the purpose is the same, to receive the grace of God’s mercy by the acknowledgement of our sinfulness, and the desire to reconcile ourselves to God and the Church through prayer and action.
We celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesdays from 5:45pm until 6:00pm, Fridays at 8:45am, Saturdays from 4:00pm until 4:40pm and on First Saturdays from 7:45am until 8:00am. Advent and Lenten Parish Reconciliation Services are also planned each year. Personal appointments are also available by contacting Father Neil at 952-492-4560.
Children in second grade prepare to celebrate their First Reconciliation through attendance at St. John’s Catholic School or Family Formation classes. Families receive First Reconciliation home lessons to complete together as a family and attend a First Reconciliation Workshop in preparation. If your child is older than Second Grade and has not received their First Reconciliation, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 952.492.4573.