Reconciliation (Confession)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation
 
 
God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world
to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins.  Through the ministry of
the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
 
                                                                                   - Rite of Penance

The Church teaches that every mortal sin must be confessed.  The Church also encourages us to confess every sin that we can recall committing, even if it is venial.  As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “”…the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit”.   Such humility is pleasing to God, and helps us gain the maximum benefit from the grace of the sacrament.
 
Before you go to confession, try spending at least ten minutes in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  During this time, examine your conscience and see what sins are on your heart.  Finally, ask God to enlighten your mind and show you your faults; it is only by being aware of our weaknesses that we can pray for help in the areas we need it most.
 
At St. Charles, Reconciliation is available before Masses on Saturday and Sunday.

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St. Charles Catholic Parish
320 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3K 1T7
Tel: (204) 889-3248  Fax: (204) 885-1997  Email: stcharls@mts.net
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