‘On the evening of that day, the first day of the week’, Jesus showed himself to his apostles, ‘He breathed on them, and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained“. (Jn 20:19, 22-23)
To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for sinners themselves, for the Church and for the whole world.
To return to communion with God after having lost it through sin is a process born of the grace of God who is rich in mercy and solicitous for the salvation of men. One must ask for this precious gift for oneself and for others.
The movement of return to God, called conversion and repentance, entails sorrow for and abhorrence of sins committed, and the firm purpose of sinning no more in the future. Conversion touches the past and the future, and is nourished by hope in God’s mercy.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available each Saturday at St. Helen’s from 11.20 am to 11.50 am followed by Mass at 12 noon. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place at 11.00 am.