Reconciliation

Conversion to Christ is an ongoing process. No one is perfect. Christ builds the bridge and calls us to be reconciled to God, to live in the community of the Church in peace and love. There are many opportunities for a response to the reconciling work of Christ, the Eucharist reconciles us with God and one another; Lent is a time of repentance or turning back; many prayers ask for God’s forgiveness. The Catholic Church has a special sacrament as well, the sacrament of penance which comprises a rite of reconciliation.

This sacrament renews the first conversion of baptism and restores the ruptured relationship with God and others. It reconciles the sinner to receive once more communion of the Eucharist. Opportunities to celebrate this sacrament are offered weekly at St. Joseph’s church, on Saturdays from 5.15 to 5.45 p.m., or by making an appointment.

Children are introduced to this sacrament for the first time at the age of seven or beyond. We use a parish-based program which requires the presence of the child and at least one of the parents at each session. Commencement of the program will be advised on the weekly Parish Bulletin available on this site, and will require enrollment and the presentation of a Baptism Certificate. Please contact the Parish Centre for further information.

Those seeking spiritual counselling may do so by telephoning for an appointment.