Reconciliation
Contact: (413) 596-4232
42 Main Street - Wilbraham, MA 01095

Reconciliation

prodigalsonThe Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Saturday from 3:00-3:30 PM or by appointment (Father Boyle 596-4232, x102). There are extra reconciliation times available during Lent and Advent (See Bulletin).

Reconciliation is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in his love and mercy. It is here that we meet the loving Jesus who offers sinners forgiveness for offenses committed against God and neighbor. At the same time, confession permits sinners to reconcile with the Church, which also is wounded by our sins. The sacrament, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, is known by many names. Sometimes "it is called the Sacrament of Conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus' call to conversion" (1423). But it is also better known as "the Sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner's personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction" (1423).

For many of us it still continues to be known as "the Sacrament of Confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament" (1424). At the same time, the Catechism reminds us that "it is called the Sacrament of Forgiveness, since by the priest's sacramental absolution God grants the penitent pardon and peace" (1424). Finally, it is also called the Sacrament of Reconciliation because it reconciles sinners to God and then to each other (1424).

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Dear Friends,
We are truly amazed at the goodness of our parishioners. Through this pandemic, we are receiving weekly offerings to the parish that includes so many kind words and encouraging messages. Thank you for your steadfast commitment to the life of our parish as well as your generous contributions. We hope that you, too, are encouraged and given hope through your faith and when you see the many acts of heroism and kindness throughout our world. We look forward to the day when we can all be together as a parish family worshipping our Good God! Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the miracle of Easter bring you, your families and our entire world renewed faith, hope and joy.
Fr. Dan & the Parish Staff