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The Sacrament of Penance, also known as Reconciliation or Confession, is that moment of grace whereby one receives the forgiveness for sin won by Jesus Christ on the cross. Those who follow Christ are called to live lives free of sin. However, the bible continually reminds us that everyone falls short of this. This sacrament not only draws us closer to Christ, but also allows us to receive God's grace so that we can do better in the future.
This sacrament is HARD! No one likes admitting the things that they have done wrong or failed to do, let alone saying them out loud when someone else can hear! When we say it to someone else, it becomes very real, and we can no longer justify our actions. But isn't this exactly how we grow into better Christians? By admitting that we are not perfect and promising God to do better, we are humbling ourselves and recognize that we are no better than everyone else. Plus, there is no better feeling than hearing that you are forgiven, especially when you may never hear that from the person you've wronged.
Please join us on December 6th at 6:30pm in St. Mary Church to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you haven't been in a while, we give everyone a cheat sheet of what to do and what to say. If you've been asking God what you should do, start here!
Anointing of the Sick is the other of the two Sacraments of Healing. This sacrament is a powerful and effective sign of Jesus' presence that brings strength and healing to the sick, the elderly and the dying. The celebration of this sacrament can help the sick get well again. When that does not happen, the sacrament helps the sick face their illness with faith and trust. It also helps dying people continue their faith journey to God in heaven.
This sacrament's name has changed over time. It was once called extreme unction, which means "the last anointing," and has been referred to as part of the "last rites." The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls it "the anointing of the sick," (CCC 1511). The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for "this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, 'He took our infirmities and bore our diseases'" (Matt. 8:17). The Church exhorts the Christian who is ill to unite with the Passion and Death of Christ. Anointing of the Sick may be received by any Catholic who is facing a serious illness or is of advanced years.
Individuals who are planning to enter the hospital are particularly encouraged to receive the sacrament before their admission by calling the parish office.
Please join us on December 2nd at 5pm at Mater Christi Church for Mass and the Anointing of the Sick. All are welcome to receive!
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