“Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.” ~Psalm 51
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This Wednesday, March 14, St. Rita Church will be open from 12:30pm until approximately 7:30pm (or later if needed) for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All other Churches throughout the Diocese will also be open for the Sacrament on this "Diocesan Day of Penance." It is indeed a unique opportunity, so bring the family! There will be handouts and guides on how to receive this Sacrament, so not to worry about memorizing any prayers or remembering what to say. The day is really meant to provide an opportunity for a "worry-free" confession.
Of all the seven sacraments, many people will describe this Sacrament as "the scary one" because it involves "naming" ones sins. But in fact this Sacrament is an opportunity to let God handle the problem of our personal sin. It need not be scary, but rather is the opportunity we give God to reach in and calm the inner storms of our human heart. The burdens of personal sin can clamp down our ability to experience joy in life and can control us and make us believe that God is less interested in us, or that we deserve permanent punishment for the deeds we know brought harm to others as well as ourselves. Sin can, in a sense, serve to "immobilize" us and puts us in a trap that is hard to escape. The effects of sin spread and cause trouble for the very people we love the most.
That is where the grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation can bring healing and even genuine joy. We let God into our heart by confessing sin and our sorrow for sin. Then we turn ourselves over to the infinite mercy of God, receive absolution for our sins, and then trust in the Lord's provident care and everlasting love for us as we develop a new commitment to living the life God is calling us to.
Let the Sacrament of Reconciliation be a part of your life this Wednesday! Bring the family!
God bless you!