Bulletin 17 December

Sacrament of Penance

The Sacrament of Penance (or Confession) is one of the great gifts of the Catholic Church. To get the most from this sacrament it is essential to prepare well. This sacrament is above all an act of God’s love; it is a personal moment in a relationship of love with God. It is not a routine to be gone through but very much part of the personal renewal that takes place in each person, especially at Christmas and Easter.

We are invited in the light of God’s love:

§ to recognise our sinfulness § to have a true sorrow for our sins

§ a firm intention to avoid them in the future Sin is not merely a series of failures. It is also a sharing in what is really negative and sometimes evil:

§ unbelief, indifference, selfishness

§ violence, contempt for the weak, eroticism

§ racism, neglect of the poor

§ greed, wastefulness § pride and a sense of superiority 

Every sin, in one way or another, has a community dimension. It is something which tarnishes the Body of Christ, the Christian Community. Every sin ought to arouse in us feelings of humble regret and a confident request for pardon.

How to go to Confession?

1. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

2. It is ———— months/years since my last Confession.

3. These are my sins……

4. The priest suggests a penance which may be a prayer or an act of charity (the purpose of this penance is to underline the seriousness of our Confession and our resolve – with God’s grace – not to sin again.

5. Act of Sorrow (one suggested form): O my God, I am sorry for all my sins because they offend you who are so good and, with your help, I will not sin again. Amen

Sacrament of the Sick will be offered on Tuesday next at the 10 am Mass

Christmas Mass Cards Shared Mass Cards are available from this weekend at the office inside the main entrance to the Church.

Poinsettia

As is customary, you are welcome to present poinsettia plants for display in the sanctuary for Christmas

Recent Death: Jane Townsend, Doughcloyne and late of Mercier Park. May she rest in peace. We sympathise with her grieving family

Christmas Masses: Christmas Eve: 10 am, 12 Noon, 6 pm, 10 pm; Christmas Day: 10am and 12 Noon. (Saturday 23rd 6 pm as usual).