Why even go?
It is said in the scriptures that the punishment of sin is death (Romans 6:23). This death is not necessarily death physically but the death of our soul. When our spirit is weakened, we cannot distinguish right from wrong, we cannot hear Him when He is calling us, we cannot feel satisfied in our lives (you can try to satisfy yourself with Facebook, Instagram, or video games, it never will), and we cannot discern our true purpose. But Jesus has come to save us. Jesus has come to fulfill us. The whole point of Jesus coming to Earth and being nailed to the cross is for Him to redeem us from our sins. He has given us a new lease in life. He had to die for our sins because of His love for us. Let us reconcile with our Lord and accept His sacrifice, His gift that He has given us.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Why go to a priest? Can’t I just confess privately?
Does it make sense to you to receive the sacrament of baptism from your uncle, aunt, neighbor, or a policeman? Can you also baptize yourself? I hope you said no to these 2 questions. We can at least conclude therefore that our priests are more than what meets the eye.
Confession (or Reconciliation) is the Sacrament where you meet the Risen Jesus, who gave the Apostles the power to forgive sins in his name (Jn. 20:23). The apostles are the first priests of the Catholic Church and the power that was given to them is inherited by the next generation of priests up to today. We receive grace and absolution when we confess through the priest which we cannot get through personal confession. If you don’t hold back to your confession, you will release the chains that weigh you down. You will be born renewed. You will feel like a kid again, someone who hasn’t grasped the burden of this world and the weight of their sins. You are created good and beautiful but sin can brush your soul with dark ink.
Preparing for Reconciliation
First, ask the Holy Spirit to come into your heart to give you knowledge of your sins and courage to bring them to our Lord. He loves you and deeply desires for you to come to him in humility so that he can free you of the burden of sin in your life – that which is weighing you down. Reconciliation gives you the joy and consolation of God’s love; it strengthens your relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.
Facing sin in my life
The world in which we live has lost its sense of sin. That which is evil is sometimes held to be something “good”. Sin can have the power in our lives to blind us from seeing reality. If we examine our hearts and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, we begin to see ourselves as God sees us, and we recognize our need for forgiveness.
The Lord has a plan for your life. He has destined you for heaven! Take confidence then, when you examine your conscience, because God has sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to bring you back to Himself and to know His Love and mercy.
When we go to Confession, the Lord strengthens us in our weakness, and our hearts are opened to receive the grace & mercy God desires to give us. Regular (or at least monthly) confession is an effective means in growing closer to Jesus Christ. Each time we celebrate this sacrament, we come to know more intensely what it means when St. Paul tells us we are “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.’ (Rom 6:11)
Confession is scheduled on Wed. 6:15 pm — 6:45 pm. Sat. 4:15 pm — 4:45 pm or by appointment.
First Reconciliation Classes – Child should be age 7 and in Grade 2 or up. For information about Reconciliation in 2019 click here.
Prerequisite: Baptism and First Communion.
For registration dates, contact us at (403) 273-2266.
Six Steps for a Good Confession
1. Examination of Conscience, Know where you made mistakes.
2. Be sincerely sorry for my sins.
3. Confess my sins. Admit that I am only human and I need God.
4. Resolve to amend my life. Never giving up to sin even if we have setbacks. Jesus himself picked up the cross even if he fell down several times.
5. After confessing my sins and receiving absolution, I perform the required penance. For it is in our actions that we demonstrate our love for Him.
6. Forgive others as our Father has forgiven you. Don’t forget to forgive yourself, as we can only know so much at the time.