The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a continuation through the Church of Christ’s desire to forgive our sins and spiritually heal us. The Gospel of John records that on the evening of Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to the disciples and breathed on them the Holy Spirit. He said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven and whose sins you retain they are retained.” [John 20:22-23]
The room for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is located in the vestibule area to the right of the main entrance.
to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation please call Fr. David at 607-432-3920 ext. 4, to schedule an appointment.
Children preparing for the reception of First Reconciliation (Confession) do so through the Office of Faith Formation.
A “Walk Through” the Sacrament of Reconciliation
The priest is waiting, ready to welcome anyone who asks for forgiveness and Christ’s healing presence. The simple rite consists of a dialog between the priest and the individual penitent. It is the same profound simplicity with which Jesus encountered people in his ministry of announcing the Kingdom of God.
The church has called this internal assessment an examination of conscience. We are guided in this process by evaluating our lives in the light of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1- 17), the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12), the parable of the judgment of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46) and the works of mercy we are called to live out as Christians. Sin consists of a serious matter, done with an understanding of its seriousness and with sufficient freedom of will. This preparation might be concluded with a prayer to God asking for the courage and strength needed for this spiritual step. During this review of past behavior and attitudes we may have a question about sin. Ask the priest! He is there to assist us in our spiritual journeys.
Going to Confession: the “How to…”
“O My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with the help of your grace, to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us. In His Name, O Lord, have mercy.”
Some final thoughts…
If you have regretfully had an unpleasant experience in the past with either a priest-confessor or just the sacrament, consider approaching again. Do not let the past limit your future. And remember, no matter how long it has been since you have prayed the Sacrament, you can always return to God. Recall the parable of the prodigal son? The father runs out to his son, embraces and kisses him, dismissing the boy’s prepared excuses! Love and compassion are what we are all called to live. [Luke 15:11-32] In the same way, God is always waiting for you to return with open arms.
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