Penance (RECONCILIATION)

  • General Confession times are Wednesday's between
    5:45-6:15 pm and Saturday's 3:45-4:30 pm or by appointment, please call the parish center 585-352-5481

  • Going to Confession (How to-Review)

    The Sacrament of Reconciliation
    The Great Sacrament of God’s Mercy
     
    “May the Lord Jesus welcome you. 
    He came to call sinners, not the just.  Have confidence in him.” 
    May this aid help you to celebrate this Sacrament  


    1.   Spend a brief while in preparation.  Review The Examination of Conscience steps below:

    Examination of Conscience
     
    I. The Lord says: “You shall love the Lord your God with your
    whole heart.”
     
    Do I love God above all things?
    Do I follow the commandments?
    Do I try to grow in understanding of my faith?
    Do I share my life with God in prayer?
    Do I reverence God’s name?
    Do I go to Mass on Sundays and holy days?
    Do I “worship” false gods like money, superstitions, or power?
     
    II.  The Lord says:  “Love one another as I have loved you.”
     
    Do I have genuine love for my neighbor?
    Do I contribute to the well-being and happiness of my family?
    Am I patient and genuine with others?
    Do I share what I have with those in need?
    Do I make myself aware of victims of oppression, misfortune & poverty?
    Am I a hard-working, honest, responsible employee?
    Am I truthful and fair, have I injured others with lies or rash judgment?
    Have I stolen or damaged the property of others?
    Do I use positions of authority to help and serve others?
    Have I done violence to others?
    Am I estranged from others through anger and insult?
    Do I harbor hatred or revenge or refuse to make peace?
    Do I presume goodness in others?
    Do I work towards healthy and right relationships?
     
    III.  Christ our Lord says:   “Be perfect as your Father is perfect.”
     
    Where is my life leading me?  Am I inspired by the hope of eternal life?
    Have I tried to grow in the spiritual life, through prayer,Scripture and the sacraments?
    Have I imposed my will on others without respecting their freedom?
    Have I made use of the gifts, time and health God has given me?
    Have I patiently accepted the sorrows and disappointments of life?
     
    2. As you enter the Reconciliation Room (confessional) the priest will welcome you, and you and the priest will make the Sign of the Cross out loud together (even if you can’t see one another.) 
          You may sit across from the priest or stay behind the screen.
     
    3. The priest may read a line or two from Scripture, reminding you
          how much God loves you and that God’s mercy is unlimited.
     
    4. The priest invites you to confess your sins:  begin by saying
          Bless me Father for I have sinned; my last confession was  
           ___ (weeks, months or years ago) and these are my sins.
     
          You may conclude by saying I am sorry for these and all my     
            sins, especially sins of ________.   (You may name a sin with 
          which you have particular difficulty.)

    5. The priest will give you a penance (something to help repair the harm caused by sin) and ask you to make an Act of Contrition:
                O my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you
    and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments
    but most of all because I have offended you my God
    who are all good and deserving of all my love.
    I firmly resolve with the help of your grace
    to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
     
    6. The priest will offer sacramental absolution (the Church’s prayer 
          of forgiveness) and conclude with a prayer of praise and thanks.
       Priest:  Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.
       Penitent:  God’s mercy endures forever.
     
    “Go in peace.”

  • Penance

     
    The Sacrament of Penance (also called “Confession” or “the Sacrament of Reconciliation”) is the great gift through which we enter into the mercy, forgiveness and peace of Christ in a new and deeper way.
    Individual celebrations of the Sacrament of Penance at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport can be made every Saturday afternoon between 3:45-4:30pm, on Wednesdays between 5:45-6:15pm, or by calling to schedule an appointment with our pastor, Fr. Peter Mottola.

  • Preparation for First Penance

    “Children should be encouraged to prepare for the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation as they near the age of seven. Celebration of First Penance is to precede the celebration of First Eucharist. Parents are to be intimately involved in preparation for a child’s first reception of the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation.”(Policies for the Administration of the Sacraments, Bishop Salvatore Matano, #5.2.1, 5.2.2)
    Preparation sessions for parents and children who are ready to celebrate this sacrament are usually held in the fall at St. John the Evangelist Church. Please contact Julie Bailey in the Faith Formation Office to discuss preparing your child for the Sacrament of Penance. She can be reached at 585-352-5481 ext 204 or Julie.bailey@dor.org
    Registration forms will become available in the Fall, prior to the preparation sessions.