Sacrament of Reconciliation
“‘The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship.’ Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament. For those who receive the sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, reconciliation ‘is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation.’ Indeed the sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true ‘spiritual resurrection,’ restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God.”
Scheduled Celebrations of the Sacrament
Individual confessions are offered every Saturday from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. in church.
In addition to regularly scheduled celebrations of the sacrament, one may arrange an appointment with a parish priest to receive the sacrament by contacting the rectory at 215-333-4461.
Have You Been Away from The Sacrament for a While?
The second precept of the Church requires all Catholics to “confess your sins at least once a year.” Doing so “ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the sacrament of reconciliation, which continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness.” (Catechism 2042, see also 1457)
In addition, “it must be recalled that…this reconciliation with God leads, as it were, to other reconciliations, which repair the other breaches caused by sin. The forgiven penitent is reconciled with himself in his inmost being, where he regains his innermost truth. He is reconciled with his brethren whom he has in some way offended and wounded. He is reconciled with the Church. He is reconciled with all creation.” (Catechism 1469)
Those who have been away from the Church or who have not been to confession for some time may find it helpful to speak with a priest or pastoral staff person to refresh themselves on how to receive this sacrament (i.e., how to “go to confession”). Our parish priests and pastoral staff would warmly welcome any questions they have about the sacrament or about what one needs to confess. Additional help may be obtained by calling the archdiocesan toll-free hotline, 1-877-253-7763, where you can speak anonymously with a priest about your questions or concerns.
If you’ve been away from the Church for whatever reason, there is no time like the present to begin the journey home. Like the parable of the Prodigal Son, the parish community of St. Richard awaits your return and longs to embrace you within its community once again.