Pastor’s Message 03/26/2017

April 5th, 2017 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive

From the Desk of Father Dennis

Why Go to Confession (part 2)

You know, I did not receive any feedback from last week’s column. No one took issue with me, the number of Confessions did not spike at all; there was pretty much just silence. Maybe parishioners and families have moved on?

That being said, I still think it’s worth another Lenten look. Elsewhere in this bulletin you will see a box with the scheduled hours for Confession before Easter. I hope you clip it and put it on your refrigerator, and decide to come to this beautiful Sacrament with your spouse and children.

I have an appointment calendar (liturgical) which features all the Masses, the readings, saints, color of vestments, etc. It also lists some lesser known days, such as March 12th as “National Plant a Flower Day.” Last week, the week of March 19th, two jumped out at me: “World Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination” and “International Day to Remember Victims of Slavery.” With Jewish community centers and mosques experiencing the cruel hoax of phoned-in bomb threats, and our Holy Land Cross defaced with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti, we probably need to sit up and take notice. All of us.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) roots out our hidden sins as well, ones we perhaps do not recognize as sins. Perhaps, like barnacles clinging to the hull of a massive ship, the “little things” add up. I need to bring them to the Lord in these conflicted times, to lay them at the foot of the Cross and beg for forgiveness. Everyone has sins we carry, either overt or buried, and Confession serves us so well to shed them. The Lord knew exactly what He was doing when He gave us this beautiful Sacrament. He took our sins upon Himself as He hung upon the Cross. Let Him, in the power of His Passion, Death, and Resurrection, wash them away (forever), and absolve us of them once and for all. Saying “I’m sorry” are two of the most powerful words in the English language, bar none.

Come home for Easter.

The Risen Lord awaits, with His Most Sacred Heart full of Love.

Your brother in Christ,

Rev. Dennis J. Vincenzo



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