The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is received from Christ through a particular sacrament called the sacrament of Conversion, Confession, Penance, or Reconciliation. The sinner wounds God’s honor and love, his or her own dignity as a person called to be a child of God, and the spiritual well-being of the Church by a sinful act. To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world. To return to communion with God after having lost it through sin is a process born of the grace of God who is rich in mercy and solicitous for the salvation of men, women, and children. One must ask for this precious gift for oneself and for others.
The movement of return to God, called conversion and repentance, entails sorrow for and abhorrence of sins committed, and a firm purpose of sinning no more in the future. Conversion touches the past and the future and is nourished by hope in God’s infinite mercy. One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God and with the Church must confess to a priest all the unconfessed grave sins he or she remembers after having fully examined his or her conscience.
The fruits of this sacrament include reconciliation with God by which the penitant recovers the grace given to him or her at Baptism, reconciliation with the Church, remission of the eternal punishment incurred by moral sins, peace and serenity of conscience, and an increase of strength to sin no more.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is offered here at the Parish of Saint Ann from 3PM-3:45PM each Saturday. It is also available by appointment at anytime.
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, Jesus showed himself to his apostles. He breathed on them, and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
John 20:19, 22-23