St. Gabriel Catholic Church at 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 US - Reconciliation
A Sacrament of Healing
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others (from www.americancatholic.org).
This sacrament is celebrated at St. Gabriel Catholic Church every Saturday, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The Confessionals-which offer the penatent the option of face-to-face or anonymous (screened) confession-are located in the hallway to the left of the narthex. Reconciliation can also be celebrated by making an appointment with one of our priests, by calling 704.362.5047. Fr. Frank can be reached at ext. 206; Fr. Cahill is at ext. 208.
Penance Services are celebrated during Advent and Lent. The service dates and times are announced in the bulletin and on this website as they become available.
The 2nd grade and CIC II students generally receive the sacament of First Reconciliation in late January. Preparation for this sacrament begins in the fall. The First Reconcilation service is communal and is held in the church. Following a brief service, the Act of Contrition (see below) is said by the congregation. Confessions by the CHILDREN ONLY follow. Children and their families are welcome to leave once they have completed their individual confes-sions and penance. This service usually lasts about 1.5 hours total.
There are various versions of The Act of Contrition prayer, but the one that is taught to the 2nd grade students in both Faith Formation and St. Gabriel School classes is the one that will be said at the penance service. It is as follows:
Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You.
I detest all my sins because of your just punishments,
But most of all, because I have offended You, my God,
Who are good are deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace,
To confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.
For more information about the 2nd grade 1st Reconciliation program, contact Laura Rice at 704.362.5047 ext. 228 or Lrice@stgabrielchurch.org.
For information about the CIC II 1st Reconciliation program, contact Trish Stewart at 704.362.5047 ext. 219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.