You are invited to participate in our Lenten Community Penance Service.
Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM
WHAT IS A ‘COMMUNITY PENANCE SERVICE’ AND WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?
A Community Penance Service is when the parish as a community gets together at least twice a year (Lent and Advent) in preparation for individual private Confessions. While a private Confession on a regular Saturday has the benefit of personal preparation in the silence of your heart, there are many advantages in participating in a Community Penance Service:
-You have the comfort of knowing that you are not alone in your sinfulness and that you are a pilgrim among pilgrims.
-It is organized, with appropriate scripture readings and music.
-There will be a thorough examination of conscience to help you remember areas that you might otherwise forget.
-It enhances the community spirit of the parish.
-It recognizes that we are one Church in constant need of conversion.
-And if you do not have a personal priest for Confessions, and would be embarrassed to go to a priest who knows you (and/or who works with you), there are plenty of priests from neighboring parishes and ministries who are present to hear your Confession. You will have a veritable smorgasbord choice of priests. Your anonymity will be maintained.