You are invited to attend our Penance Service on Monday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m. Avail of this opportunity to be reconciled with the Lord in this season of Lent. Priests from other parishes are coming to hear your confessions.
“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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1442)
Jesus instituted this sacrament. “It is called the sacrament of Conversion” because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin. It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance and satisfaction. It is called the sacrament of Confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” - acknowledgement and praise - of the holiness of God and of His mercy toward sinful man. It is called the sacrament of Forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace”. It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: ‘Be reconciled to God.’ He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: ‘Go; first to be reconciled to your brother.’” (CCC,1423-1424)
Jesus has given to the priests the authority to forgive sins. After Peter’s Confession about Jesus, he said: “I give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). After the resurrection, Jesus repeated this command to His disciples, and this time Jesus is very specific: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. (John 20:21-23)
Lent is an appropriate season to do penance. Like the prodigal son who acknowl- edged his sins and with humility returned home to his father and beg for forgiveness, take this invitation to come to Him in the sacrament of Confession on Monday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m., here in our church. God is waiting for you!
“Blessed is the one whose fault is removed,
whose sin is forgiven.” Psalm 32:1
Fr. Manny Ediza
“God never ever tires of forgiving us! “Well, Father what is the problem?”.
Well, the problem is that we ourselves tire, we do not want to ask,
we grow weary of asking for forgiveness. He never tires of forgiving,
but at times we get tired of asking for forgiveness.” - Pope Francis