Dear Parents and Students,
The Church season of Advent will be here soon and this is a very special time for Christians. Advent is the first season of the Church year; in effect it is our New Year celebration. During Advent we anticipate and prepare for Christmas, the birth of Jesus. One of the things we do to prepare for Christmas is to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Growing up I knew this sacrament as either “confession” or “penance.” Both are parts of Reconciliation but they are not the intended consequences of the sacrament. Reconciling with God, others, and ourselves are the intended results. Restoring friendly relationships is very important for all of us. Though we acknowledge our faults, the purpose of Reconciliation is not to find fault, but to find a remedy.
On December 9, at 1:30, the third through eighth grades will attend a Reconciliation service in Church. Father Vito will be leading the service and some of his brothers from the Contemplatives of Saint Joseph will be helping him by hearing students’ individual confessions. All Catholic students are invited to celebrate the Sacrament and non-Catholic students may come forward to ask for a blessing. Parents are welcome to join us for this service.
Have a great week,