THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION
CCC 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.
Penance and Reconciliation at Holy Spirit
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays at 2:00 pm, Wednesdays at 12:30 pm, and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact the parish office at 842-7777 and your call will be directed accordingly. Communal Reconciliation services are celebrated during Advent and Lent.
Preparation for celebrating First Reconciliation at Holy Spirit
Preparation for First Reconciliation begins in the September with celebration of the Sacrament in November or December. Candidates are to be registered in the Parish, registered for the program, and enrolled in St Joseph School or the ECHO Faith Formation. Preparation includes an initial interview, 6 sessions done as a group or at home and a letter to the Pastor. Currently we are using the Growing Up Catholic curriculum.
THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
CCC 1499 “By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.”
CCC 1534 Two other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.
Anointing of the Sick at Holy Spirit
The Sacrament is available to those who are physically or emotionally ill or infirm, or prior to surgery. Contact either Fr John Thomas at x 110 or Fr Timothy Khui Shing Ling at x 118 (842-7777) to schedule.