Reconciliation

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 2017

First Reconciliation is for children from Year 2 and above. The 2016 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 10 October 2017 – 7.00pm

Program Begins Monday 16 October 2017 (3 weeks of group work)

Liturgy of the Word Tuesday 7 November 2017 – 6.00pm

Sacrament Times

Wednesday 8 November 2017 – 3.30pm
or
Thursday 9 November 2017 – 3.30pm
or
Saturday 11 November 2017 – 3.00pm
or
Tuesday 14 November 2017 – 3.30pm
or
Wednesday 15 November 2017– 3.30pm.