Sacrament of Confession

The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.

The objective of the Sacraments is to make people holy, to build the body of Christ and finally to give worship to God. Apart from being signs, the Sacraments also have a role to teach. They not only presuppose faith, but also nourish, strengthen and express in word and action. That is why they are called ‘Sacraments of Faith’. The Sacraments impart grace and prepare the faithful most effectively to receive the grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God rightly, and to practise charity.

Worship is integral to the life of a Christian. When the faithful engage in the prayer and ritual of the Church, they become the Church. The sacramental rites are of primary importance in the process of this transformation. All the sacraments are made available to the faithful at the Centre – Baptism, Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Holy Matrimony (with consent from both the parties and the parish priest) and Anointing of the Sick
a. Reconciliation (Confession): The very reason that Christ came into the world is for reconciliation - to reconcile man with the Father and with one another. St John the Baptist makes a clarion call:  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2)  After the death of John the Baptist, Jesus takes up the same mission.  During His pubic life, Jesus forgives the sins of many people he encounters.  And after His Resurrection, he asks His Apostles to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins in His name to all the nations. (Luke 24:47)
This Sacrament is called ‘Confession’ because the penitent makes a verbal confession of his or her particular sins.  It is called ‘Penance’ from another element of the Sacrament – the action that the priest asks the penitent to perform as a token of his or her sincerity, and as a way to bring some good into the world in reparation for the sin committed.  And finally ‘Reconciliation’ refers to the final effect of the Sacrament:  the penitent is reconciled with God and the Church.   

b. Holy Eucharist: Just as the human body requires food and drink for its physical nurture and growth, the soul needs food for its nurture and growth. Sensing this deep need of the human soul, and aware of his approaching death on a cross, Jesus shares a farewell meal with his beloved companions. This meal, called the Last Supper, becomes the First Supper for the Christian Church.
In this sacred meal, Jesus takes ordinary table bread and wine, gives God thanks (Eucharist is a Greek word for thanksgiving), beseeches God to bless it, and distributes it with these astounding and eternal words: “This bread is my body. This wine is my blood. Every time you eat this bread and drink this wine in my name, I will be present with you.” Similarly ordinary bread and wine become the body and blood of the Christ for the faithful.