The sacraments will make you strong!
Preparing for the sacrament of Reconciliation
There are four steps in the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
A mature understanding of sin includes reflecting upon our thoughts, actions and omissions as well as examining the patterns of sin that may arise in our lives. With contrite hearts, we are also called to reflect upon the effects of our sins upon the wider community and how we might participate in sinful systems.
The Spiritual effects of the Sacraments of Reconciliation include:
Sin hurts our relationship with God, ourselves and others. As the Catechism states:
“The sinner wounds God’s honor and love, his own human dignity…and the spiritual well-being of the Church, of which each Christian ought to be a living stone. To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for the sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world.
(CCC 1487, 1488)
Contrition and conversion lead us to seek a forgiveness for our sins so as to repair damaged relationships with God, self, and others. We believe that only ordained priests have the faculty of absolving sins from the authority of the Church in the name of Jesus Christ (CCC 1495). Our sins are forgiven by God, through the priest.
Individual confession with a priest is the principal means of absolution and reconciliation of grave sins within the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation frees us from sinful patterns of behavior and calls us to complete conversion to Christ. Reconciliation heals our sins and repairs our relationships.
Normal Reconciliation times at Our Lady of Fatima are Saturday from 4 PM to 4:30 PM. Additional Reconciliation times are offered seasonally and as by appointment.