Saturday Communal Penance 10:00 am • March 5, 2016
- Pope Francis Declares a Jubilee Year of Mercy and Forgiveness
- On Dec. 8, 2015, the Holy Doors in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome swung open for the first time in 15 years. From that day until Nov. 20, 2016, the Church invites Catholics and non-Catholics alike to encounter God’s grace during an extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
- Pope Francis has also called for a special time of repentance during Lent. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the sacrament of repentance and mercy. In the confessional, God freely offers his forgiveness to all who ask for it with a sincere heart and a genuine purpose of amendment. He requires no payment and no sacrifice; he took care of that himself long ago on Calvary. Instead, all God asks is that we show up. If we do our part, he does his.
- A Communal Rite of Penance will allow time for the assembly to pray and reflect together. After this, there is time allowed for individuals to approach private Confession .There will be several priests present.