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Parafia Św. Stanisława Biskupa i Męczennika

Bishop and Martyr

New Haven, Connecticut

203-562-2828

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation [Confessions] take place at the following times:

  • Monday through Saturday from 7:00 to 7:30 AM
  • Saturday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 PM
  • By appointment – please call the Rectory Office at 203-562-2828

About the Sacrament of Reconciliation…

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus Our Lord.” ~Romans 8:38-39

Reconciliation is a process of conversion, confession and celebration. This process is beautifully illustrated for us by Jesus himself in the parable of the Prodigal Son [Luke 15:11-32]. Jesus told us this parable so that we might understand how much God loves us and how readily God forgives us. As the parable goes, a young man demands his inheritance from his father. Once he has it, he spends his life breaking every rule his father ever taught him. He loses all the money and, with the prospect of starvation before him, returns home hoping his father will allow him to be a servant in the household.

The reception he gets is not what he expected. His father barely listens to his confession, instead he embraces him and welcomes him home; not as a servant, but as his son. The father seems only interested in celebrating the son’s return to the family. Jesus reveals to us a loving God who is like the merciful parent in the parable. God is not out to catch us in our sin. Rather, God is intent on reaching out to us and drawing us back to the family in spite of our sin.

The first necessary step to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is conversion. Like the Prodigal Son, we must come to our senses and see the wrong that we do. We examine our lifestyle and our relationships in the light of the Gospel. We then make a decision to not only repent of our wrongs but to repair the relationships with God, with others and with ourselves that have been damaged by our sinful behavior. God loves us unconditionally. Conversion and transformation of heart is a positive response to God’s love. Through the grace God has give us, we allow God to work in us. To make us “holy as God is holy.” This is not a once in a lifetime event. Conversion and transformation is an ongoing, lifelong process.

If God forgives us so readily, why do we still have to confess our sins?
Confession of our sins remains an important part of the Sacrament of Reconciliation because it is the external sign of our internal conversion. We need to see, hear and feel forgiveness. We need the pardon and peace that comes with sitting before Jesus and having our sins absolved. This is a true encounter with the living Christ. We come to feel that love and experience the healing that only Jesus can give.

This is truly something to celebrate! We have been converted by God’s love, we have repented our wrong behavior, we have confessed and now we begin anew.

Come and Celebrate this Tremendous Sacrament of God’s Unconditional Love!

So that you might make a good confession, the parish has provided copies of an Examination of Conscience for each age group.  You can download a copy of any of the Examination of Consciences by clicking on the links below.

Examination of Conscience for adults

Examination of Conscience for teens

Examination of Conscience for middle school

Examination of Conscience for young children