Reconciliation: An Introduction by Fr. Curtis

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also called the Sacrament of Penance or simply Confession. It is the acknowledgment of ones sins and of God’s saving mercy in a liturgical setting. After realizing ones sins and experiencing conversion, the penitent names those sins to a priest, receives a simple penance, expresses sorrow for the sins, and receives forgiveness from God through the Prayer of Absolution. Sin offends more than God and individual persons. Sin offends the larger community. The Sacrament of Reconciliation involves the community (in the person of the priest) in the sinner’s process of repentance and forgiveness. The priest is bound by the Seal of Confession—he never speaks to anyone about what he hears in the confessional.

Reconciliation at St. John

Reconciliation can be received at St. John on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 7 p.m–8 p.m., on Saturdays from 3 p.m.–4 p.m., or by appointment.

To make an appointment to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, please contact either Fr. Mike, , or Fr. Jeff, , or call the church office at (785) 843-0109.


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