Sacrament of Confession (Reconciliation):
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of two sacraments of healing. The other is the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
St. Clement’s Church offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation every Saturday at 3 pm or by appointment. We also celebrate the sacrament in the context of a seasonal Penance Service during Advent and Lent.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s mercy. Jesus commissioned the Church to forgive sin in his name on Easter night when he appeared to his disciples. In offering them the gift of peace, he sent them forth as instruments of his peace, Then he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound. (Jn. 20, 22-23)
The faithful who fall into sin after baptism may be reconciled with God and renewed in grace through this wonderful gift. We are each called to return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a means of experiencing God’s mercy on a very personal level. With this sacrament, we not only receive forgiveness but also a particular grace to strengthen us in our fight against evil and bring healing to those wounded by sin.