Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle…Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” (John 8:3-11)
The sacrament of reconciliation involves a conversion, a change of heart in our relationship with God and with each other. We are invited to confess our sins to a priest; then make amends by fulfilling a penance; and then be reconciled. This sacrament is truly a sacrament of a new heart, a sacrament of conversion, where we are lavished with gifts (grace) of love, compassion and the mercy of God made present in our very lives through Christ’s Body, the Church.
Children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in second grade. The celebration of the sacrament takes place during the children’s regular class time during the month of December. Parents attend a meeting prior to their children’s reception of the sacrament. For more information, please visit the IPRF website.
Private reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday mornings January thru June at 9 AM at St. Joseph Church and at St. Mary Church July thru December, or by appointment. Check the parish calendar for any changes.
Lenten Reconciliation Opportunities
Every Tuesday in Lent from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., two priests will be available for private confessions, alternating between St. Joseph and St. Mary Parishes. St. Joseph: March 18 & April 1; St. Mary: March 11, 25 and April 8.