A Day of Reconciliation Friday, March 24 6AM-10PM. With Priests of the Vernon Deanery hosted @ St. Bernard Church-Rockville. CLICK HERE FOR THE LISTS OF PRIESTS AND CONFESSION TIMES.
During this season of Lent we focus on God’s mercy and love for each of us. What better way to personally experience His love and mercy than to return to the sacrament of reconciliation? Confession, reconciliation, penance are all names given for the sacramental cleansing we receive when we turn our sins over to Christ who forgives them as far as east is from the west.
Why DO Catholics go to Confession?
All the sacraments are deeply rooted in scripture, and reconciliation is no exception. John 20:23 is one verse that shows how on the day of His resurrection, Christ entrusted the apostles, and through holy orders to our priests, the ability to extend the gift of forgiveness from God. Our priests absolve us from sin in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Through the sacrament of reconciliation not only do we receive forgiveness for our sins, but also our faith is strengthened and we are given grace to loosen the stronghold sin has on our lives.
Why DON’T Catholics go to Confession?
The reasons are as varied as the people who hold them—fear, embarrassment, apathy, inconvenience, a bad experience… But for all the reasons that keep us away, there is one reason to return—through the power of the Holy Spirit in this sacrament we receive God’s grace and join with Him in an intimate friendship. Whether it has been two months or 40+ years, it is a gift of joyful renewal. Like the father to the prodigal son, our Lord rushes to meet us there.
It has been so long, what if I don’t know how?
There is no reason to fear. Every priest is happy to guide us. Pamphlets are available in the church. Remember, even a lifetime of sin is no match for one drop of Christ’s blood that was shed to bring salvation. Be brave and be blessed!