In this Year of Mercy we are being invited to experience in a more intense way the forgiving love of our merciful Father. Today’s gospel of the Prodigal Son beautifully expresses the compassionate concern God has for us, his sons and daughters. In the parable the father runs to meet his wayward son, embraces him, and commences to throw a party. The father rejoices that his son has come home!
Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is an invitation to experience the mercy – and the joy – of the Father. Going to confession is a gift both to God and to ourselves. There, we are embraced by the Father who has been waiting for us to come home. There, we not only receive forgiveness but are filled with joy. Indeed, as Jesus tells us all of heaven rejoices when a repentant soul is absolved from sin. (Cf. Luke 15:7.)
Beginning next Sunday there will be a number of communal celebrations of penance at area parishes. A number of priests will be available at each of these celebrations which include individual confession and absolution. If you’ve not yet been to confession this Lent, please make time to join us at one of the following celebrations.
Sunday, March 13
3:00 pm. at Holy Ghost, Chippewa Falls
5:00 pm. at Holy Cross, Cornell
Monday, March 14
7:00 pm. at St. Charles, Chippewa Falls
Tuesday, March 15
7:00 pm. at Notre Dame, Chippewa Falls
Thursday, March 17
7:00 pm. at St. Joseph Church, Boyd
7:00 pm at St. Paul, Bloomer
To help you prepare for a good confession, the following site contains a detailed examination of conscience:
Let’s not waste the opportunity this season of grace offers us, especially in this Year of Mercy!