“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Reconciliation/Penance is the sacrament of spiritual healing that involves contrition (remorseful), confession to a priest, absolution by the priest and penance. After making an examination of conscience click here, the penitent confesses his/her sins to the priest, who is the minister of Christ’s mercy. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in His presence and honestly acknowledge our sins. The intent of this sacrament is to provide healing for the person and should help us to stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God and each other. “In him we live and move and have our being.” –Acts 17:28
Not only does it [the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers! We obtain a new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” (USCCB/Penance)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance at Holy Trinity Parish is celebrated on Saturday at 3:15pm, Sunday at 8:15am or by calling the parish office (330) 385-7131 to make an appointment. Special Advent and Lent Communal Penance services are scheduled during these times of the liturgical year.
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