The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available regularly on Saturday in the church from 4:15 P.M.–5:15 P.M. or by appointment by calling the Parish Office at 301-627-3255. Penance Services, which include individual reception of the sacrament, are held during the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent. These Penance Services are published in advance in the parish bulletin. For more information, contact the parish office 301-627-3255.
About the Sacrament of Reconciliation
The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular Sacrament often called the Sacrament of reconciliation, confession or penance. To return to communion with God after having lost it through sin is a process born of the grace of God who is rich in mercy and solicitous for the salvation of men. One must ask for this precious gift for oneself and for others.
The spiritual effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are:
- reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
- reconciliation with the Church;
- remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
- remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;
- peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
- an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.
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Jesus says, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”