Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)
Friday 3:15 to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
and/or as announced or by appointment
Central Winnipeg Deanery
SCHEDULE FOR THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Wednesday, March 22
Saint John XXIII Church, 3390 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Thursday, March 23
St. Patrick’s Church, 172 Worth Street, Winnipeg
Wednesday, March 29
St. Mary’s Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg
St. Anthony of Padua Church (Hungarian), 365 Burnell Street, Winnipeg
Thursday, March 30
St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2400 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Friday, March 31
St. Edward the Confessor Church, 836 Arlington Street, Winnipeg
Tuesday, April 4
St. Charles Catholic School, 331 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 95 MacDonald Avenue, Winnipeg
St. Eustache Church, 57 Main Street, St. Eustache
Wednesday, April 5
St. Charles Church, 320 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg
Thursday, April 6
Good Shepherd Church, 1125 Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
VI. The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
1440 Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God's forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation 38
Only God forgives sin
1441 Only God forgives sins.39 Since he is the Son of God, Jesus says of himself, "The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" and exercises this divine power: "Your sins are forgiven."40 Further, by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to exercise in his name.41
1442 Christ has willed that in her prayer and life and action his whole Church should be the sign and instrument of the forgiveness and reconciliation that he acquired for us at the price of his blood. But he entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution to the apostolic ministry which he charged with the "ministry of reconciliation."42 The apostle is sent out "on behalf of Christ" with "God making his appeal" through him and pleading: "Be reconciled to God."43
Reconciliation with the Church
1443 During his public life Jesus not only forgave sins, but also made plain the effect of this forgiveness: he reintegrated forgiven sinners into the community of the People of God from which sin had alienated or even excluded them. A remarkable sign of this is the fact that Jesus receives sinners at his table, a gesture that expresses in an astonishing way both God's forgiveness and the return to the bosom of the People of God.44
1444 In imparting to his apostles his own power to forgive sins the Lord also gives them the authority to reconcile sinners with the Church. This ecclesial dimension of their task is expressed most notably in Christ's solemn words to Simon Peter: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."45 "The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of the apostles united to its head."46
1445 The words bind and loose mean: whomever you exclude from your communion, will be excluded from communion with God; whomever you receive anew into your communion, God will welcome back into his. Reconciliation with the Church is inseparable from reconciliation with God.
The sacrament of forgiveness
1446 Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. the Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as "the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace."47
1449 The formula of absolution used in the Latin Church expresses the essential elements of this sacrament: the Father of mercies is the source of all forgiveness. He effects the reconciliation of sinners through the Passover of his Son and the gift of his Spirit, through the prayer and ministry of the Church:
God, the Father of mercies,
through the death and the 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.48
38 Cf. LG 11.
39 Cf. ⇒ Mk 2:7[ETML:C/].
40 ⇒ Mk 2:5, ⇒ 10; ⇒ Lk 7:48.
41 Cf. ⇒ Jn 20:21-23.
42 ⇒ 2 Cor 5:18.
43 ⇒ 2 Cor 5:20.
44 Cf. ⇒ Lk 15; ⇒ 19:9.
45 ⇒ Mt 16:19; cf. ⇒ Mt 18:18; ⇒ 28:16-20.
46 LG 22 # 2.
47 Tertullian, De Paenit. 4, 2: PL 1,1343; cf. Council of Trent (1547): DS 1542.
48 OP 46: formula of absolution.