“The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship. Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament. For those who receive the sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, reconciliation is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation. Indeed the sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true “spiritual resurrection,” restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1468)
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave the command” “As the Father has sent me, so I send you … Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (John 20:21-23). The Church teaches that the ministry of forgiveness was given to the Church by this mandate.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is currently celebrated at St. Mary of the Assumption on Fridays from noon to 12:45 p.m. and from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Individuals can also call the parish office to schedule an appointment for Reconciliation.
St. Mary of the Assumption celebrates the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist in the second grade. It is required that all candidates participate in two years of faith formation prior to receiving these sacraments. In addition to the regular faith formation classes, a monthly sacramental preparation class for students and parents is required during the second year.
For more information concerning the Sacrament of Reconciliation or sacramental preparation, please contact the parish office.