"And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation." 2 Corinthians 6:18
The sacrament of reconciliation is offered in our reconciliation room, located in the sanctuary area of the church. The reconciliation room allows for either an anonymous setting or a face to face approach. Some people find it comforting to make an appointment with one of the priests for individual reconciliation. In this case, one meets the confessor at the scheduled time. During Advent and Lent, St. Mary's offers a communal Reconciliation Service. Generally, the service includes the Liturgy of the Word, a reflection on the readings, and an examination of conscience. Priests from nearby parishes assist at these services so that there is a sufficient number to hear individual confessions. You may receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
At St Mary: At St. Pius:
Monday-Friday, 7:50-8:20 a.m. 1st Wednesday, 7:00-7:45 p.m.
Saturday, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
If this is not convenient, a priest is also available by appointment.
The value of the Sacrament...
We unburden ourselves to another caring person, an interested listener, and one who strives to lift us from our troublesome situations. By hearing the words of absolution, we walk away experiencing God's mercy, the knowledge of God's forgiveness, and the feeling of guilt removed. As Catholics, we believe that all sacraments give God's love, grace. The special graces from reconciliation restore us to wholeness.
Children who attend St. Mary's Campus or attend CCD prepare for First Eucharist and Reconciliation during the first and second grade religion curriculum. The second grade teacher does the immediate preparation including a Saturday afternoon retreat ending with Mass. First Eucharist is celebrated during the Easter Season at a special Eucharistic Celebration on a Sunday afternoon.