The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Son of God made man lived among us in order to free us from the slavery of sin and to call us out of darkness into his wonderful light. He therefore began his work on earth by preaching repentance and saying: "Repent and believe the Gospel." (Mk 1:15)
In the sacrament of penance the faithful "obtain from God's mercy pardon for having offended him and at the same time reconciliation with the Church, which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, example and prayer seeks their conversion." (Lumen Gentium 11)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Monday through Friday at St. Patrick's before Noon Mass. A priest is also available in our Reconciliation room on Saturdays from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
A "good Confession" presumes a "good" examination of conscience. To help you prepare for the Sacrament, CLICK HERE FOR EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE LINK and to view a short document about Penance.
ORDINATION DATES ANNOUNCED
Rev. Mr. Scott A. Belina of St Anthony's will be ordained a Priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg
on Saturday May 25, 2013 at St. Mary's Cathedral.
Rev. Mr. Belina was Ordained a Transitional Deacon on May 25, 2012 in a ceremony held at
Father Belina's first Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's on the afternoon of May 26, 2013.
Two men from our parishes have been installed as Lectors by Bishop LaValley
in a ceremony held at Wadhams Hall in Ogdensburg February 1.
Donald Wilder from St. Patrick's and Guy Javarone from St. Anthony's are
candidates for Ordination as Permanent Deacons.
Bishop LaValley has announced the Rite of Ordination for the Permanent Diaconate
in our Diocese will occur on October 5, 2013. That ceremony will also occur
at St. Mary's Cathedral.
We offer our prayers for each of these men as they complete their programs
The Stages in the
Rite of Christian Initiation Process
Inquiry: I have been called to consider this faith community.
Catechumenate: I am received into the period of preparation.
Purification: I examine my life and come to understand my failings.
Enlightenment: I have been called and initiated. "Thank you, Lord."
Mystagogia: I will never learn enough about my God and my Church.
The next period of Inquiry has begun. Join us Wednesday evenings September 12 or 26 and October 3 at 7:00 pm
in the Pastoral Center of St. Patrick's and St. Anthonys. The Pastoral Center is located behind
St. Patrick's Church on S. Massey St. Walk-ins are welcome. Actual classes in preparation for the reception of
the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) will begin October 21, 2012.