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

Covid-19 Restrictions move from Step 2 to Step 3

The policy is effective starting Pentecost weekend, May 22-23, 2021
The Diocese of Davenport is following the recently issued CDC guidelines which are as follows. 
Those who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus may choose to remove their face masks/coverings in both indoor and outdoor social settings.  Those who have not yet been fully vaccinated should continue to wear face masks/coverings and practice social distancing.  We will have sections of pews available for those who wish to social distance as well as pews available for those who do not wish to practice social distancing.  St. Mary’s Parish respects your privacy and we will not ask you of your vaccination status. If, for some reason, this information is needed, we will keep it strictly confidential.  
Mass will continue to be livestreamed and available via 98.5 in a 1 block radius of the church with Communion in the courtyard until further notice. The dispensation for Sunday Mass remains in place until further notice.
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