Pope Paul VI: The Sacrament of Penance is not an automatic, generous gift of God’s Mercy since it requires human cooperation.” It requires from the penitent:
1) Contrition: We need to be truly sorry for our sins because, we “dread the loss of heaven and the pain of hell,” but most of all because sins offend God who is all good and deserving of our love.
2) Confession: to a “minister who is authorized to listen to the penitent and administer absolution to him.”
That’s why here at St. Vincent’s, we have daily confessions at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and another hour on Saturdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. If you can’t make it at any of these times, and need to go to confession badly, you are also welcome to make an appointment. We also hold special services during Advent and Lent to offer mercy and forgiveness. The Lenten Penance Service this year is Wednesday, March 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
All sinners welcome to receive mercy!
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