The Sacrament of Reconcilation (Confession) is celebrated each week in our parish churches:
|Friday||4:45 p.m.||St. Matthew's Church||70 Western Avenue, Hampden|
|Saturday||2:30 p.m.||St. John's Church||217 York Street, Bangor|
|Saturday||3:00 p.m.||St. Joseph's Church||531 N. Main Street, Brewer|
|Sunday||4:30 p.m.||St. Teresa's Church||425 S. Main Street, Brewer|
The sacrament is also available by apppointment - please contact the parish office at (207) 217-6740.
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.
"Do not be afraid of Confession! When one is in line to go to Confession, one feels all these things, even shame, but then when one finishes Confession one leaves free, grand, beautiful, forgiven, candid, happy. This is the beauty of Confession! I would like to ask you — but don’t say it aloud, everyone respond in his heart: when was the last time you made your confession? Everyone think about it ... Two days, two weeks, two years, twenty years, forty years? Everyone count, everyone say ‘when was the last time I went to confession?’. And if much time has passed, do not lose another day. Go, the priest will be good. Jesus is there, and Jesus is more benevolent than priests, Jesus receives you, he receives you with so much love. Be courageous and go to Confession!" Pope Francis, February 19, 2014 - General Audience
ACT OF CONTRITION
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.