Communal Penance Saturday Dec 18th 10:30am

Advent and Lent are wonderful times to celebrate the reconciling love and the healing graces our Lord offers us. Like all religious experiences, it takes preparation.
Reconciliation is what God does. Receiving it and celebrating it is what we do.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a most natural way to celebrate His forgiveness and love. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the opportunity to grow closer to God.

One Form of the Sacrament
Communal Penance Services or Reconciliation Services are a form of sacramental confession.
It mixes public prayer and individual confession to a priest, followed by absolution.
A communal penance service always includes:

The penitents and sorrow for sin, usually expressed in an Act of Contrition
Confession of sins to a priest with absolution given
An act of penance

Author: Madonna

Longtime Member of St Mary's in Oskaloosa