"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 20:21-23
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Confession)
has three elements:
In it, we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.
Through Reconciliation, Christians are freed from sins committed after Baptism. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is considered the normal way to be absolved from mortal sins which, it is believed, would otherwise condemn a person to Hell.
The Sacrament has four elements -
three on the part of the penitent
one on the part of the minister of the Sacrament
Catholics distinguish between two types of sin:
Mortal sins are a grave violation of God's law that turns man away from God. Someone who is aware of having committed mortal sins must repent of having done so, and must confess them in order to benefit from the Sacrament.
Venial sins, the kind that "does not set us in direct opposition to the will and friendship of God", can be remitted by contrition and reception of other Sacraments, but they too are rightly and usefully declared in confession.
If we are aware of having committed a mortal sin, we must participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation first The Church sees the two Sacraments as connected and urges us, when we can, to join frequent Reconciliation with frequent Communion.
For further information >> Reconciliation
SACRAMENT OF FIRST PENANCE 2017
MANDATORY PARENTS' MEETING
|Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, February 4, 2017|