Reconciliation | Confession - St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church

Reconciliation | Confession

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.

“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21-23).

The forgiveness of sins involves four parts:
CONTRITION: a sincere sorrow for having sinned against God and others.
CONFESSION: confronting our sins aloud to the priest.
PENANCE: the priest asks us to make reparation for our sin through prayer and action.
ABSOLUTION: after asking for forgiveness, the priest absolves us of our sins by saying: I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Sacrament of Reconciliation is available:

Thursday
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and evening by appointment.
Saturday
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Act of Contrition Prayer
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do 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. (Rite of Penance, 45)

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