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December 6, 2019

Feast of St. Nicholas!


Sacrament of Reconciliation

“Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23)    

During the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent we are particularly reminded to turn away from sin and reconcile ourselves with God.  The way to do this is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation seems like a really scary thing because you have to actually tell someone not just that you’re not morally perfect, but also how you’re not morally perfect. The reward for doing this scary thing, though, is a clean slate, a fresh start, reconciliation…with God. Will you get a better present this Christmas?

The basics of Reconciliation are pretty easy:

  1. Recognize your sins. For this you need a good Examination of Conscience, a guide for thinking through your life. Good news: there’s an app for that!  Download “Laudate” from the app store. This has the complete Bible, prayers, Saint of the Day, Order of the Mass, and…how to go to confession, complete with a simple yes/no Examination of Conscience.
  2. Be contrite – sorry for your sins.  Be prepared to make an Act of Contrition during confession – unless this has been done as part of a Communal Penance Service before you go into confession. Not sure how? Follow the app; it tells you what to say.
  3. Confess to a priest. Here’s the hard part, but the priest will make it pretty easy for you. This isn’t a cross examination. Don’t worry, the Seal of the Confessional is absolute; the priest may never repeat what you say. 
  4. Penance. You’ve done the hard part and confessed, and now the priest is going to give you a task to show you’re serious about your contrition. This task, your penance, is usually in the form of prayer.
  5. Absolution. This is the best part; the priest will forgive all your sins, provided you didn’t knowingly withhold any.
  6. Do your penance. One last thing  - whatever your penance is, do that, preferably right away.


There are many  opportunities to attend a Communal Penance Service this  Advent, in preparation for the birth of Baby Jesus.

  • Dec 8th - 4:00pm St Mary’s in Auburndale
  • Dec 12th - 5:30pm St Joseph’s in Stratford
  • Dec 15th - 4:00pm Our Lady of Peace
  • Dec 19 - 5:30pm St John the Baptist
  • Dec 20 - 9:00am until 8:00pm at Sacred Heart

Six Priests from the Deanery will be available to ready your hearts for Jesus’s coming.