Sacrament of Reconciliation
During his public life Jesus not only forgave sins, but also made plain the effect of this forgiveness: he reintegrated forgiven sinners into the community of the People of God from which sin had alienated or even excluded them. (CCC1 443)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one very concrete way we experience this forgiveness and reintegration into the Body of Christ today. The Sacrament is available every Saturday from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Reconciliation Room; Sunday mornings from 8:00 a.m - 8:30 a.m..; and 20 minutes before weekday Masses except Mondays. DURING THE YEAR OF MERCY, Spirit of Life will offer Reconciliation 7 PM- 8:30 PM on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS from December 23, 2015-November 16, 2016. The Sacrament of Reconciliation may also be scheduled by appointment made through the parish office. Additionally, communal reconciliation services are held during the seasons of Advent and Lent.
The celebration of one’s 1st Reconciliation is commonly combined with the preparation and reception of 1st Holy Communion. At Spirit of Life, we celebrate this for children around the age of 7 in a family centered program of 8 sessions where both parents/guardians and children participate. The first 2 sessions focus on preparing for 1st Reconciliation and the second 4 sessions focus on 1st Holy Communion.
Adults joining the church or children older than 10 years of age may also be prepared for and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation by contacting the parish office. Typically, adults who are joining the Church receive instruction during their journey through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. If you have any questions about receiving the Sacrament for the 1st time, contact Msgr. Chad Gion.