Weekend Reconciliation Times
Saturdays 8:30-9:30am and 3:30-4:30pm
THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in the confessional in St. Mary's Chapel. During Advent and Lent, a Day of Reconciliation is offered with a number of priests available to hear private confessions in the Church. Fr. Wilson and Fr. Mike are also available to hear confession by private appointment call the parish office at 952.469.4481.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is the normal way for Catholics to receive forgiveness of sins. Frequent celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation helps foster our relationship with our Heavenly Father, root out sin in our lives, and strengthens our connection to the Church and her members. The faithful are encouraged to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation regularly and, under normal circumstances, are expected to celebrate this sacrament at least once a year.
OTHER NAMES FOR THE SACRAMENT
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is often referred to as the:
- Sacrament of Penance since it calls the sinner personally to repentance.
- Sacrament of Confession since in confessing our sins we acknowledge the need for God and we praise His loving mercy.
- Sacrament of Forgiveness since absolution grants us pardon and peace.
- Sacrament of Conversion because it has the capacity to change our hearts.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation because it imparts to each of us the love of God who heals and reconciles us to God himself, to the Church, and to our loved ones. Regardless of the name, the purpose is the same, to receive the grace of God’s mercy by the acknowledgement of our sinfulness, and the desire to reconcile ourselves to God and the Church through prayer and action.