Reconciliation / Confession
One difficult human reality is that we sin. We harm ourselves, others, relationships and God our Father with our sinful and evil actions. However, our God is loving and will always pour out His mercy and forgiveness; we need only seek to reconcile ourselves with Him and with our community.
Our sins are forgiven by God. As Catholics we believe that Christ gave the power to his Apostles (and in turn, His priests) to reconcile sinners with God and the Church: “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16:19) The priest, acting in persona Christi, listens to the sins of the contrite person, gives counsel and penance. The priest then absolves the sinner of their sins, and sends them on their way, to sin no more.
In order to receive absolution, the sinner must be truly sorry, confess all their sins to the priest, and perform the penance given to him.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Confession or Penance) is one of two sacraments of healing. The other one is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
God the Father has shown forth his mercy by reconciling the world to himself in the person of Jesus Christ and by making peace for all things on earth and in heaven by the blood of Jesus on the cross. The Son of God became one of us and lived among us in order to free us from the slavery of sin and to call us out of darkness into his own wonderful light. He therefore began his work on earth by preaching repentance and saying: “Turn away from sin and believe the good news.”Rite of Penance, Introduction #1
Confession in a time of Crisis
Due to the novel coronavirus, our confession procedures are a little different than they would be in normal times. However, we are now taking walk-ins during our usual time of 4:00 – 4:30 pm on Saturdays, in the confessional. For your convenience and safety, we are also available for confession anytime by appointment. To schedule an appointment, simply call the parish office at 614.875.3322.
Please remember that certain people will fall into a category of being unable to make their confession at this time. These include:
- Anyone who has a cough, fever, or anything contagious.
- Anyone who is a potential carrier of COVID-19 coronavirus.
- If you are in the at-risk category of the novel coronavirus (65+ and/or underlying health conditions), please consult your physician.
If you fall into any of those categories above, or if you are afraid to come to confession for fear of contracting COVID-19, you are still able to receive forgiveness of your sins by repenting, making an act of Love for God above all things, and making a resolve to go to confession once you are able to again.
To schedule an appointment for confession, please call the parish office at 614.875.3322. You will then be assigned to a 5-minute slot. This is not a time for pastoral counseling. This opportunity is just to confess your sins and then receive penance and absolution. If you are in need of pastoral counseling, you can call the office and a phone call with Father Jim can be arranged for that purpose. Our priests will not be seeing the list of who is coming to confession so that you may remain anonymous if you wish.
Please do not bring children with you unless they are also penitents. If they are to give their confession, they will need their own appointment and to follow the same procedures. Please tell our scheduler how many people you need appointments for and we will schedule you all together.
Once your appointment is scheduled, please adhere to the following procedure:
- Any and all preparation for confession (i.e. examination of conscience, prayer preparation, etc.) should be completed at home before you arrive at your appointment. An examination of conscience can be found here.
- If you have a fever, cough, or feel ill the day of your appointment, please call us and cancel. Take your temperature and do not come if it is over 100.4 degrees.
- Confessions are back to being held in the confessional, inside the Nave.
- Penitents should maintain social distancing while waiting.
- Everyone MUST wear a mask or face covering (a bandanna, for example). Each priest will also be wearing a mask.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate these phases of reopening our society. Know that these precautions have all been thoughtfully put into place to help protect our community and avoid a second wave of the virus. Let us all pray for an end to this virus, for its victims, and for protection for all of those on the front lines in this crisis.