This initiative consists of all parishes in the diocese offering the sacrament of Reconciliation on all the Wednesdays of Advent and Lent from 7:30-8:30pm in addition to other scheduled times for Reconciliation at your parish.
Below are bulletin reflections for Rejoice in God’s Mercy, the diocesan renewal of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please insert these reflections into your parish bulletin on November 26, December 3, 10, 17, and 24.
- Note that Some parishes may need to extend the time to accommodate the number of penitents or speak about the initiative in advance to encourage parishioners to take advantage of the earlier dates. Make Reconciliation available at your parish on Wednesdays December 6, 13, and 20 from 7:30 – 8:30pm.
You might like to use this paragraph to advertise the initiative in your parish bulletin:
The Diocese of Calgary invites you to experience the peace, love, and joy brought by participating in the sacrament of reconciliation. In addition to the regular parish schedule, the sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at parishes throughout the Diocese of Calgary all the Wednesdays of Advent from 7:30 – 8:30pm.
In addition to the regular parish schedule, the sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at parishes throughout the Diocese of Calgary all the Wednesdays of Advent from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
November 26, Christ the King
Catholics celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation because we recognise that sometimes we fail to do as we ought and because we believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness. The priest can help you and you can trust the Holy Spirit to guide you. Even if you don’t know how you can change your life, showing up makes you open to the grace that the sacrament brings. The Diocese of Calgary invites you to experience the peace, love, and joy brought by participating in the sacrament of Reconciliation. Action: If you are afraid to go to Reconciliation, speak about your reservations with a priest or someone you know who does participate in the sacrament. If you celebrate the sacrament regularly, speak about it as a witness to others.
December 3, Advent I
It is easy to become complacent, doing things the way we have always done them and making excuses for the things we do not want to change. Life is hard and we can become rigid and obstinate out of self-defense. Yet, in the loving creative hand of God, we are to be like clay is to the potter. The sacrament of Reconciliation is a safe place to put aside the armour of our stubbornness and be strengthened by the grace of God given in Christ Jesus. Action Item: Each evening this week identify three ways God has shown you kindness and gentleness.
December 10, Advent II
St. Augustine knew what sort of person he ought to be when as a youth he prayed for purity “but not yet!” Some changes happen overnight while others unfold gradually. In the confessional we can admit our failings and struggles confident that the Lord is patient and wants us to come to repentance. Action Item: Find an opportunity each day to extend God’s patience to others and to yourself.
December 17, Advent III
We were created in the image of God and so our lives should continually give glory to God. It is human nature to take pride in doing good work but when we start to do it for our own glory, we have lost sight of God’s gift to us. The sacrament of Reconciliation is an opportunity to re-orient everything we do to God’s glory. Action Item: Learn and pray the canticle of Mary, (Luke 1.46-55).
December 24, Advent IV: no Wednesday confession to follow
The time of our Saviour’s birth is upon us. Though we are not always prepared God is always ready for us! When we are tempted to feel like our failings are insurmountable, let us remember that nothing is impossible with God. Action Item: Encourage others who are hard on themselves by sharing with them the love and mercy of Christ. For yourself, know that the sacrament of Reconciliation is available at your parish year-round as scheduled or by appointment.
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A Hug from God is All you need
Even with the Extraordinary Year of Mercy behind us, doors across our diocese remain open for you to experience the peace, love, and joy brought by participating in the sacrament of Reconciliation. In addition to the regular parish schedule, the sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at parishes throughout the Diocese of Calgary all the Wednesdays of Advent from 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 • Christ the King
Catholics celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation because we recognise that sometimes we fail to do as we ought and because we believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness. The priest can help you and you can trust the Holy Spirit to guide you. Even if you don’t know how you can change your life, showing up makes you open to the grace that the sacrament brings. The Diocese of Calgary invites you to re-discover the meaning of the sacrament of Reconciliation in your life. Action: Do you celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation regularly? If so, share your positive experience with someone this week. If you are afraid to go to Reconciliation, speak about your reservations with a priest or someone you know who does participate in the sacrament.
Nov. 27 • First Sunday of Advent
The readings for this first Sunday of Advent remind us that the spiritual life is a journey. Any trip takes preparation and effort. It can be easier to stay where we are but the journey also brings rewards—new experiences, new friends, great photos, and transformation. Our pilgrim journey is no different. The prophet Isaiah compares the spiritual journey to climbing a mountain. It requires wakefulness and effort to reach the summit. The sacrament of Reconciliation might seem like an insurmountable peak especially if we have been coasting on the plains for a while but this effort need not be a burden if we keep in mind the purpose of the journey and what awaits us at the top. The real reward of the spiritual journey is union with God through Jesus Christ, which we experience as a deep peace. So this Advent put on your hiking shoes and take up your response to the Psalmist: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord! Action: Stay awake and take note of the call to discipleship in everyday moments.
Dec. 4 • Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah prophesies that Jesus will bring reconciliation between even natural enemies: the wolf with the lamb, the cow with the bear, even the small child with the venomous snake. Who are your enemies? Do not lose hope for reconciliation. Through Jesus we too can experience reconciliation in our lives and in our world. John the Baptist calls all people to repentance so that we can live in harmony with one another and welcome one another in the same way Christ has welcomed us. We can hope that through steadfastness and endurance we too can prepare the way for Lord’s healing of division. Action: Look in your community and among your neighbours, family, and friends. Where there is division, take the first step towards reconciliation.
Dec. 11 • Third Sunday of Advent,Gaudete Sunday
With God anything is possible. There is the danger to think that God will never forgive you or that you cannot change yourself or the world. In Advent we are reminded that we do not need to do everything ourselves. Jesus has ransomed us and we respond to the psalmist by crying out: “Lord, come and save us.“ It may be that the healing or the change for which we long does not come quickly enough for us. Advent is also about waiting. In Advent, we have to be patient and trust that the coming of the Lord is near. With God, the blind can see, the lame walk, the sick are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor receive good news! The Lord continues to do these things for us but we have to put aside all substitutes for God in order to see and receive the healing promised through Jesus Christ. Action: Look for the goodness of God in your life, in the people around you, and in the world.
Dec. 18 • Fourth Sunday of Advent
The problems of life are not always as they seem. Mary was engaged to Joseph but before they lived together she was found to be with child. What was Joseph to do? He planned to dismiss her quietly, but then an angel appeared and all his problems took on new meaning. The child is conceived by the Holy Spirit and he will be the Saviour! Joseph was afraid but had faith and did as the angel commanded. In difficult times you do not need to walk alone. Next week we celebrate the birth of the Christ child, Emmanuel, God with us. In times of trial, turn to prayer; invite Jesus, Mary, and all the saints to guide you and advocate for you. Action: The angel’s promise is fulfilled as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. Amidst the trials of your life, be like Joseph; in faith and humility lay your turbulence in the manger and know that God is with you.
In this forum we will explore the sacrament of confession.
We will begin by learning what reconciliation is with Fr. Eric Nelson. Next we will learn why we confess and why it's important to us with Fr. Cristino Bouvette. And finally we will learn how to approach confession with Fr. David Meadows.
Reconciliation: A Gift for Life & Living
Bless Me Father: Why We Confess & Why it's Important
How to Go to Confession
In this forum we will explore the topic of forgiveness.