Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the spiritual healing of a baptised person through four elements: Contrition, Confession, Absolution and Penance. By committing sins we are distancing ourselves further from God.

The four elements identified below help us with reparation when we seek healing:

Contrition - is the remorse we feel when we have sinned - ie. be it a bad thought, a bad action, a bad spoken word which we are too embarrassed to admit and speak about.

Confession - gives us the opportunity to express our feelings of burden and guilt and our regrets and sorrows for our sins to a priest. It allows us to forgive ourselves and others and to heal broken relationships. When we confess to a priest (confessor) it is completely confidential and non judgmental. We experience mercy and spiritual healing and are once again shown how much we are loved, forgiven and healed by God.

Absolution - only a priest has the power to give us absolution which takes away our sins. Once he has heard our confession, the priest will say the following:

God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Penance - is the element of satisfaction. It involves a simple task (prayer for example) for us to perform later in order to correct our sins and to have them absolved. It will also help strengthen us against further temptation in committing the same sin.

Whilst preparation for this Sacrament is part of the Communion programme from time to time the Parish organises "refresher sessions" for those Primary aged pupils who have received this Sacrament in the past year. The Course will be advertised in the Parish Newsletter.

At Our Lady of Fatima a priest is available for Reconciliation each Saturday from 10-10.30am and 6-6.30pm and also by appointment. 


If you'd like to receive further information regarding Reconciliation please contact the presbytery (parish office).