The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated at St. Magdalen de Pazzi church on Saturday from 3:45-4:45pm.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession, is that moment of grace when we receive the forgiveness for sin won by Jesus Christ on the cross. We obtain pardon from God's mercy for our sins, are reconciled with the Church, and are refreshed by the ocean of God’s love and grace.
Come join us as we experience the transformative love, forgiveness and mercy of God, won for us by our Lord, Jesus Christ.
How To Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- The priest greets the penitent.
- The penitent says "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been (state the time since your last confession) since my last confession.”
- Since that time, I have (state sin(s) that you wish to confess)." Tell your sins humbly, clearly and entirely. The priest may guide the penitent through the confession of sins, if needed.
- Answer any questions the priest may ask.
- As you are concluding your confession, you may say to the priest, "For these sins, and those I truly do not remember, I ask for your forgiveness and advice."
- The priest may offer counsel to help the penitent identify patterns of sin and the habitual struggles that may be leading to sin. He may encourage the penitent and suggest ways to overcome these habitual areas of sin.
- The priest will offer penance to the penitent.
- The penitent then says an Act of Contrition, see below, that expresses that you: recognize your sinful nature, express sorrow for your sins, ask the Lord for the grace to overcome occasions of sin.
- The priest will grant absolution for your sins and say "Go in peace and sin no more."
- The penitent is expected to do the penance assigned by the priest.
Act of Contrition
Oh my God, I am sorry for having offended you. In choosing to wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.