RECONCILIATION DURING REOPENING – The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Saturday, March 13 at St. Celestine Church from 4 to 4:45 PM. Archdiocesan guidelines prevent the use of confessionals, so a reconciliation “station” has been set up in the back of church. The priest will be seated behind a screen placed six feet away from the seat reserved for the penitent. Penitents will be greeted by a member of our Reopening Team at the 76th Court door and guided to the appropriate place inside the church, socially distanced from other penitents.
RESERVATION IS NOT NECESSARY – There are only 10 penitents allowed inside the church at a time. Once ten people have entered the church, our Reopening Team members will only admit the next person once someone exits the church. Once a penitent receives the Sacrament, they are asked to immediately exit and complete their penance outside of the church. Given the 10 person limit inside the church, we need to keep the flow of penitents moving, so that all who desire to receive the Sacrament are able to do so.
IMPORTANT NOTE – All parishioners must wear a face-mask in order to enter either church. If you are feeling sick or showing any flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to stay at home for your own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others inside the church. Note that the chair in which penitents sit will be thoroughly disinfected after it has been vacated.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession, celebrates God’s forgiveness of sin through which we are reconciled with both God and the Church. We as sinners are washed clean of our sins and renewed in Christ.
The basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God with your whole heart, and to acknowledge your sins with true sorrow before the priest. It is important to make an “Examination of Conscience” before receiving the sacrament. Go over your life since the last time you have received the sacrament and resolve not to repeat the sins committed since then.
General Pre-Covid Sacrament of Reconciliation
Before the Covid Pandemic, the Sacrament of Reconciliation was offered regularly on Saturdays after the 8 AM Mass at St. Cyprian and from 4:45 to 5:15 PM at St. Celestine or by appointment – WE HOPE TO RE-ESTABLISH THIS SCHEDULE ONCE THE PANDEMIC IS OVER!