Sacrament of Reconciliation

“God the Father has shown forth his mercy by reconciling the world to himself in Christ and by making peace for all things on earth and in heaven by the blood of Christ on the cross. The Son of God made flesh lived among people in order to free them from the slavery of sin and to call them out of darkness into his wonderful light…Jesus not only exhorted men to repentance so that they should abandon their sins and turn wholeheartedly to the Lord, but he also welcomed sinners and reconciled them with the Father…after his resurrection he sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles empowering them to forgive or retain sins and sending them forth to all peoples preaching repentance and the forgiveness of sins in his name…when he gave to his apostles and their successors power to forgive sins, he instituted in his Church the sacrament of penance. Thus, the faithful who fall into sin after baptism may be reconciled with God and renewed in grace.” (Rite of Penance)

What to do for a penance service or through individual reconciliation time.

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  • The parish offers regular times for Sacramental Reconciliation:
    Monday – Thursday from 5:00 pm to 5:20 pm (before the evening Mass) Saturdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Reconciliation Service are held seasonally in Advent and Lent, please check the Mass Schedule or the Weekly Bulletin for details.
  • Anytime by appointment with one of the priests by calling the office at 402-339-3285.

Examination of Conscience

Catholics for centuries have found it profitable to examine their consciences in light of the Ten Commandments. Penitents are encouraged to expand on them in their prayerful review of their conduct.

I am the Lord your God: you shall not have  strange Gods before me: Have I treated people, events, or things as more important  than God?
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain: Have my words, actively or passively, put down God, the  Church, or people?
Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day: Do I go to Mass every Sunday (or Saturday Vigil) and on Holy Days of Obligation?

Do I avoid, when possible, work that impedes worship to God,  joy for the Lord’s Day, and proper relaxation of mind and body?

Do I look for ways to spend time with family or in service on Sunday?

Honor your father and your mother: Do I show my parents due respect? Do I seek to maintain good  communication with my parents where possible?

Do I criticize them for lacking skills I think they should have?

You shall not kill: Have I harmed another through physical, verbal, or emotional means, including gossip or manipulation of any kind?
You shall not commit adultery: Have I respected the physical and sexual dignity of others  and of myself?
You shall not steal: Have I taken or wasted time or resources that belonged to  another?
You shall not bear false witness against your
Have I gossiped, told lies, or embellished stories at the expense of another?
You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse: Have I honored my spouse with my full affection and  exclusive love?
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods:  Am I content with my own means and needs,