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Reconciliation

The faithful are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly. It is important that we make the reflection of lives and our sinfulness are part of our regular experience of prayer. It is also important for us to seek out the grace Sacramental forgiveness through Reconciliation.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in St. Mary's Chapel on
Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 am and 3:30-4:30 pm

Individual confessions are still being heard on Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 am and 3:30-4:30 pm.
Confession is behind a screen in the Gathering Space.
Park by the wood doors and a staff member will let you know when it is your turn to enter the church (there is space for one person to wait inside the church).
 
Fr. Wilson and Fr. Gifford are available to hear confession by private appointment.
 
Reconciliation as community prayer with a number of priests hearing private confessions
is available seasonally during Advent and Lent.

This Sacrament of Reconciliation is often called 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.

THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION

 "Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."4

CCC 1422

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HOLY WEEK PARKING PROCEDURES
  1. Confessions are being offered each day during Holy Week. Please note these procedures carefully – staff members will be present in the parking lot to direct you:

    1. Enter from the north driveway and get in line with your car. A staff member will give you an Examination of Conscience with additional instructions.
        
    2. When your car gets to the front of the line a staff member will invite you to park…please do not park before you get to the front of the line
        
    3. Once you are parked enter the church using the wooden doors available – staff members will guide you accordingly so as to maintain social distancing guidelines
    4. Confessions will be in the Gathering Space, behind a screen, and penitents will remain standing.
    5. Once you have completed the sacrament, you will exit the church using the wooden doors and return to your car
    6. Please exit the parking lot using the south driveway