Penance and Reconciliation

Penance and Reconciliation has three elements: Conversion, contrition, and celebration. Conversion to Christ, the new birth of Baptism, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Body and Blood of Christ received as food have made us "holy and without blemish," just as the Church herself, the Bride of Christ, is "holy and without blemish." Nevertheless the new life received in Christian initiation has not abolished the frailty and weakness of human nature, nor the inclination to sin that tradition calls concupiscence, which remains in the baptized such that with the help of the grace of Christ they may prove themselves in the struggle of Christian life. This is the struggle of conversion directed toward holiness and eternal life to which  the Lord never ceases to call us. Contrition -"Penance requires... the sinner to be contrite of heart, confess with the lips, and practice complete humility and fruitful satisfaction." In this sacrament, we receive God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result, we are called to forgive others.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Saturday afternoon from 3:30-4:45 PM.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment, please call the parish office for priest availability.

Holy Family Church

127 Chapel Drive
Syracuse, NY 13219
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Office: 315-488-3139

Fax: 315-487-1112