Lent is a time when we focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession as it is more commonly called. If we are honest with ourselves it is probably the one sacrament that most of us dread to celebrate. Why is this? The answer is probably something along the lines of 'none of us likes to admit that we have done any thing wrong.' Those of you who have small children will see this played out many times as you ask them who has done this or that and they hang their heads in shame and tell you that it wasn't them!!!
Preparing to go to confession helps us to take an honest look our lives and our relationship with God and our relationships with others. We can then come before God the Father of Mercies to admit to Him and ourselves that there are areas in our lives that are not as they should be. Going to confession is a sign that we want to be better, that we want to change.
Recently the Holy Father gave us a great example and encouragement by going to confession himself. As he has said on many occasions 'we are all sinners - even the Pope needs to go to confession.'
Do not be afraid of going to Confession - you will meet the priest there, but more importantly you will meet Jesus who wishes to share with you his mercy, his forgiveness and his love.
DON NOT BE AFRAID. THE LORD IS WAITING TO WLECOME YOU
CONFESSION TIMES IN OUR CHURCHES
AT SAINT MARIE'S
Wednesday and Friday
11:45 to 12:10pm
10:30 to 12:00
AT SAINT JOSEPH'S
4:30pm to 4:50pm
8:30am to 9:00am