At times, we all fall short of our potential as people to love and care and respect others. Pope Francis himself summarized who he is to the world in a profoundly simple phrase: “I am a sinner”. A soul weighed down with the burden of sin finds great relief in the pardoning of Jesus. This awe-filled and wonderful sacrament is described by Pope Francis as a gift:
…in Confession we ask for forgiveness from Jesus. Forgiveness is not the fruit of our own efforts but rather a gift, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us with the wellspring of mercy and of grace that flows unceasingly from the open heart of the Crucified and Risen Christ.
Pope Francis goes on to picture this sacrament as a “warm embrace” in the infinite mercy of the Father.
Currently the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Saturday from 4-4:30 in the church or by appointment with the pastor at 503-222-2055.
First Reconciliation Prep Classes for Children
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is presented to children at the “age of reason”, seven years of age or grade 2. Children at this age are invited to begin their preparation to receive this sacrament. Classes are taught for four weeks in the fall for both children and parents. Please refer to the Formation Sacraments for children page for more information.