“Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as ‘the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace.’” (CCC 1446)
The life of supernatural grace begins at the reception of baptism. Our souls become the dwelling place of the Blessed Trinity. To say that Original Sin is washed away is another way to say that we receive sanctifying grace. It is this sanctifying grace, the gift of God’s very life to us, that enables us to live the life of heaven. Through sin, which at its core is a rejection of God who is the source of life and love, we are capable of impeding the operation of God’s grace in our souls. In cases of serious, or mortal sin, we even have the ability to sever ourselves from the Source of life and love. The grace received at baptism can, by our own free choice, be lost. In God’s merciful plan of salvation, however, He did not leave sinners stranded in this state. He offers yet another avenue of grace, another conduit by which we might be connected to the power of the Resurrection. For sins committed after baptism, Christ gave to the Church the sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession.
To learn more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, listen to Fr. Larry Richard’s talk, “Confession.”
Confessions are held several times each week at Saints Peter & Paul. The general schedule is as follows:
Tuesdays 11:00 am (Holy Family Chapel) & 7:00 pm (Church)
No 11:00 am confessions on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
Thursdays 7:15 am & 4:30 pm (Church)
Saturdays 4:00 pm (Holy Family Chapel)
Confessions are also heard at 10:30 am on the 4th Saturday of the month in the Holy Family Chapel
Sundays 7:00 pm (Church)
Any changes to the general schedule will be shown here.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation
All children in both the Religious Education program and the Parish School receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis. First Reconciliation generally takes place in the Fall prior to the children making their First Communion. First Reconciliation Information