Jesus came that we might be saved. He brought healing to us – both physical healing in many miracles and, more importantly, spiritual healing. He saves us from sin. We have been reconciled to God in Christ. This spiritual healing is given to us today through Christ’s Church in what is known as the Rite of Reconciliation.
Until the Second Vatican Council, emphasis had been placed on the private aspect of Penance. The liturgical form of the sacrament highlighted the sinner and his relationship with God. In the Church today there is also a concern for the social and community aspect of the sacrament. Our failures weaken the whole community; our successes strengthen the whole community. In a sense by being Christians we cease to be private persons. The Church is the Body of Christ, and we are the Church. Whether we realise it or not, we are deeply bound up with one another as Christians. This concept underlies the various forms of the Rite of Reconciliation.
The first form of the Rite resembles the former Rite of Penance in which the individual confesses sinfulness privately to the priest, and receives absolution and a penance. In the second form, the community assembles and in an atmosphere of prayer and humility acknowledges its failings. There is reflection on the Word of God; private confession of sins follows; and then there is a community thanksgiving for God’s mercy and pardon.
While there are set times for reconciliation, you may choose to call the presbytery and make an appointment for any time that is convenient.
FIRST RECONCILIATION 2019
First Reconciliation is for children from Year 2 and above. The 2018 program for First Reconciliation is outlined below. If you have not received any information in regards to your child’s up coming Sacrament please contact the parish office. Your child will need to be enrolled before Information Night.
Information Night Tuesday 15 October 2019 – 7.00pm
Program Begins Monday 21 October (4 weeks of group work)
Tuesday 19 November 2019 – 3.30pm
Wednesday 20 November 2019 – 3.30pm
Saturday 23 November 2019 – 3.00pm
Tuesday 26 November 2019– 3.30pm
Wednesday 27 November 2019– 3.30pm.