On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. [Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
The sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most beautiful and unique traditions in the Catholic Church. Firmly rooted in Scripture and instituted by Jesus Christ, it is one of the two sacraments of healing in the Church, the other being the Anointing of the Sick. Jesus loves us infinitely and, in His great mercy, wants to forgive us our sins so that we may be reconciled to God, each other, and the Church. If you have not been to Reconciliation for quite some time, one of the best online resources is this one from Catholics Come Home. During the sacrament, our priests will gently guide you through the steps.
Reconciliation, or Confession, is available by appointment by calling the parish office at 978-475-0050 x10.
During the season of Lent, the sacrament may be received any Wednesday evening from 6:30pm-8:00pm as part of the Archdiocesan wide program “The Light is on for You.”
Children who are in our Religious Education program are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the second grade school year, and receive the sacrament for the first time with their class in January. Children who are beyond the second grade year who have not yet received this sacrament may be enrolled in our Sacramental Preparation program – please contact the Director of Religious Education at 978-475-0050 x28.