Sacrament of Reconciliation
“This is the beauty of Confession… Jesus is there…and He receives you with so much love.”
The whole journey of life is one of deepening our conversion, or conformation, to Christ
The mission of Christ is to bring all things, or to reconcile all things, in himself, so we may live in communion with God. This is made possible through the Pascal Mystery, which is the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. Through this Mystery we are freed from sin and darkness and brought into freedom and light. This Mystery is not restricted to some historical event that occurred over 2000 years ago, but it is lived out and celebrated throughout the generations through the liturgy. Christ is made present to us, here and now, in the liturgy.
Sundays: 30 minutes before the 9:00 am and 11:30 am Masses; and from 4.30 pm
Saturday: After the 10:00 am Mass; and from 5:30 pm
Weekdays: 15 minutes before Mass
Conversion, or conforming to Christ, is a daily process and the frequent celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful means of deepening our conforming to Christ.
It is not a one-time event, but it is lived out in our day-to-day life and is a lifetime process. At times, we do not love God with all our heart, soul and mind and do not love our neighbour as ourselves. It is easy to fall into selfishness, sin, inwardness, and egoism; however, one should never despair, for the sacraments are great means in our conversion, or conforming, process. The Sacrament of Reconciliation assists along our journey of life to turn away from sin and selfishness and to rise in newness of life in Christ.
This Sacrament allows one to encounter God’s great love and mercy for us in a personable and concrete manner. As with all sacraments, we encounter Christ. When we celebrate this Sacrament, we bring to the Lord all our struggles, difficulties, sins and misdeeds, and encounter his healing grace, mercy and love.
Through this Sacrament, God gives pardon for all our sins and grants us peace. Since sin hurts and damages our relationship with God and our brothers and sisters, this Sacrament allows for reconciliation with God to occur and with the Church.