April 1st, Penitential Celebration -Jesus heals and saves

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April 1st, Penitential Celebration -Jesus heals and saves

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“Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession, we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). “ …From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.

“Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1452).”

The diocesan Penitential Celebration is made available to help those participating in it to acknowledge their sin and express sorrow for them to God both with perfect contrition and the resolve to confess them as soon as possible. It is not the same as or a substitute for receiving sacramental absolution.

To prepare for the Diocesan Mission Day Two and to seek the Sacrament of Penance in the confession of sin, the following resources are available for you.