Preparing for Reconciliation:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Saturdays at 3:45pm at St. Anthony’s or by appointment.
Place yourself in God’s loving presence. Remember this sacrament is a sign and celebration of great love and mercy of Jesus, who forgive totally all who approach Him with contrite and humble hearts.
Assured of God’s goodness rather than burdened by fear, review your life with the help of this guide. Resolve to renew your heart.
After entering the confessional, and being welcomed, make the sign of the cross with the priest, the representative of the loving and forgiving Christ.
After some words of greeting, the priest may say an introductory prayer to which you answer “Amen”.
Reading of Scripture (Optional)
A short biblical passage expressing God’s mercy and call to conversion is selected and read by the priest.
Confession of Sin & Penance
If necessary, the priest will help you make a complete confession, giving counsel and encouragement and suggesting a penance.
Manifestation of Contrition
The Act of Contrition is a distinct part of the Sacrament. Express sorrow in your own words or use traditional form.
Representing Christ and the Church, the priest says the words which convey God’s forgiveness.
The priest says one of several possible prayers followed by appropriate words of dismissal.