“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1422
The Sacrament of Penance (or Confession) is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated whenever needed by making an appointment with the Parish priest, or come to the church at the appointed times. Confession is available on Monday and Wednesday at 11:30 am, Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 am or on Saturday at 5:00 pm.
The Restored Order of the Sacraments promulgated by Vatican Council II, is Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the age of reason (3rd grade). Sharing in the Holy Eucharist completes our Initiation into the Church. In September of 2017, Curé d’Ars will have the Restored Order in place for all 3rd Graders.
Sacramental preparation classes for these sacraments are held in addition to the religious education sessions held on the second, third, and fourth Sunday of the month from 9:30AM to 10:45AM.
In the year prior to receiving the sacrament as well as in the year in which the sacrament is received, candidates must participate with consistent attendance in worship and Religious Education/Youth Ministry.
In addition, special classes are held several weeks prior to the celebration of the sacrament. Pending research, RCL Benziger Program for Confirmation is currently being used. Please contact the parish office for more information.