Reconciliation

Jesus came that we might be saved. He brought healing to us - both  physical healing in many miracles and, more importantly, spiritual healing. He  saves us from sin. We have been reconciled to God in Christ. This spiritual  healing is given to us today through Christ's Church in what is known as the  Rite of Reconciliation.

Until the Second Vatican Council, emphasis had been placed on the  private aspect of Penance. The liturgical form of the sacrament highlighted the  sinner and his relationship with God. In the Church today there is also a  concern for the social and community aspect of the sacrament. Our failures  weaken the whole community; our successes strengthen the whole community. In a  sense by being Christians we cease to be private persons. The Church is the  Body of Christ, and we are the Church. Whether we realise it or not, we are  deeply bound up with one another as Christians. This concept underlies the  various forms of the Rite of Reconciliation.

The first form of the Rite resembles the former Rite of Penance in  which the individual confesses sinfulness privately to the priest, and receives  absolution and a penance. In the second form, the community assembles and in an  atmosphere of prayer and humility acknowledges its failings. There is  reflection on the Word of God; private confession of sins follows; and then  there is a community thanksgiving for God's mercy and pardon.

While there are set times for reconciliation, you may choose to  call the presbytery and make an appointment for any time that is convenient.