Penance is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy.

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The Sacrament of Penance, also referred to as Confession or Reconciliation, frees us from our sins and also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us.  We are liberated to be forgivers.  We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church.  The Sacrament of Penance 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

For more information on the Sacrament of Penance, go to http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/index.cfm

RECONCILIATION OFFERED IN CHURCH CONFESSIONALS

Monday through Saturday, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

Saturday 4-5 p.m.; and after the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass.

Reconciliation also available by appointment. Contact the parish office at 407-876-2211.

Holy Family Catholic Community