From your Friars
Rite of Reconciliation, Part II You need to read this too!
Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to celebrate the Rite of Reconciliation. As you know from last week’s bulletin, you might also call this “going to confession!”
1. The Church no longer suggests weekly confession. Availing yourself of the Sacrament of Reconciliation after only a few days has been really deemed unnecessary and perhaps unhealthy, spiritually. Since the Church asks us to examine trends or directions in our lives before confessing, a few days or a week is generally not enough time to notice such things. One might prepare by reading an “examination of conscience”. It is a good thing to avoid a “laundry list” of sins.
2. The Church law states that you must perform “Easter duty,” which is celebrating the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) and receiving communion once a year during the Easter season. The Easter season is defined as beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Trinity Sunday, one week after Pentecost.
3. The obligation for Reconciliation once a year is always there, if there is a serious sin.
4. It is strongly advised that you not rush into the Reconciliation Room unprepared. The penitent should spend some time in reflection before even approaching the priest. The penitent would do well to be ready in other ways, as well. Know what to say at the beginning, know how you will express your sorrow (Act of Contrition). Be aware of what you are supposed to say in response to the priest. Printed materials on going to confession will soon be available in the Church.
5. Attend to the coming times of change for receiving the Sacrament. These will be announced very soon and will be quite different from what it is now. Of course, there is always the option of making an appointment with one of the friar priests.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a special and wonderful gift from God to the Church. It is always good to participate in it. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for growth in relationship with God.
Celebrating the Rite of Reconciliation
Beginning the week of May 20th the NEW schedule for celebrating the
Rite of Reconciliation will be:
Tuesday and Thursday 11:30am – Noon
Saturday 3 – 3:45pm