"The essential act of Penance, on the part of the penitent, is contrition, a clear and decisive rejection of the sin committed, together with a resolution not to commit it again, out of the love one has for God and which is reborn with repentance." -John Paul II
Jesus entrusted the ministry of Reconciliation, or Penance to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God.
"In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. and 4-4:45 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Marshall
The basic requirement for a good Confession is to have the intention of returning to God like the "prodigal son" and to acknowledge our sins with true sorrow before his representative, the priest. Brochures are available to help you in this process through Confession. Click on the images below to view their resource information: