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Year of Faith: Rediscovering Reconciliation

March 4, 2013
Rediscovering reconciliation
Rediscovering reconciliation

Photo illustrations by Mike Crupi/Catholic Courier

Does the thought of going to confession make you a little nervous?

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By Jennifer Burke/Catholic Courier
March 4, 2013
Priests are not above penance

Priests have to go to confession too, a fact that may surprise many Catholics, according to Father Robert Kennedy, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Rochester

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March 4, 2013
Sacramental seal commits priests to secrecy

Church law absolutely prohibits priests from revealing what a penitent says during confession or using knowledge gained from confessions. This obligation of confidentiality

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By Jennifer Burke/Catholic Courier
March 4, 2013
Parish leaders prepare for Day of Penance
Parish leaders prepare for Day of Penance

The Day of Penance is still several weeks away, but pastoral leaders already have spent several weeks preparing their parishioners for the March 26 diocesanwide event

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By Jennifer Burke/Catholic Courier
March 4, 2013
How to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation
How to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation

One of the reasons people cite for not making frequent confessions is that they don’t remember how to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation.

If you have been away from the sacrament for a while, the priest-confessor will walk you through the process, said Mary Dundas, diocesan coordinator of

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By Amy Kotlarz/Catholic Courier
March 4, 2013
Examining your conscience

Before celebrating the sacrament of penance, each individual should reflect on these questions in particular:

1.

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March 4, 2013
Act of Contrition

The priest will generally give some advice to the penitent and impose a penance. Then he will ask the penitent to make an act of contrition. The penitent may do so in his or

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March 4, 2013
A glossary of penance terms

Absolution: An essential element of the sacrament of penance in which the priest, by the power entrusted to the Church by Christ, pardons the sin(s) of the penitent

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March 4, 2013
Many benefits to frequent confessions

Most Saturdays in the years prior to the Second Vatican Council, churches had lines of people waiting their turns in one of multiple confessionals, recalled Father Frank

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By Amy Kotlarz/Catholic Courier
March 4, 2013
How penances are recommended

Taking into account penitents' personalities -- not just the sins they confess -- is the model one local priest-confessor finds most effective in deciding what to recommend

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By Annette Jiménez/Catholic Courier
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