Reeson’s Ramblings :: March 26, 2017
Last week I had dinner at the home of parishioners, Merlin and Barb Brugmann. They explained that they were going to be out of town during our Parish Mission from March 27 – 30. They were disappointed because they had attended a Parish Mission Deacon Glenn and Linda Harmon had conducted years ago, and they still remembered it vividly and how it had touched and enriched their lives. This testimony excites me and makes me look forward to the Mission, where I trust I will see many of you.
A Social follows each evening of the Mission which enables us to continue to build community. It is going to take me a long time to get to know all 3,300 families in our parish, but these types of social events help me a lot to connect with people.
At 8:00 p.m. on the third evening of our Mission, after the talk and again on the following Sunday at 2:00 p.m., we will have the opportunity to celebrate God’s unconditional love and forgiveness with Reconciliation Services. Of course the Social following the Reconciliation Services will include an awesome celebration hosted by our Women’s Guild that features cookies, crackers, cheese, punch and wine. It was suggested to me that if we offered the wine before the Reconciliation Services it might “loosen the lips” for confessions. I may consider this in the future but it won’t be happening this time.
Since he was elected Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has continually emphasized the infinite mercy of a God who never tires of reaching out. Throughout his teachings, the Holy Father has put forth the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a gift that permits each one of us to encounter the mercy of God in a personal and profound way.
MEMBERS OF ST. COLUMBKILLE’S PARISH ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE GOD’S
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE & FORGIVENESS ON MARCH 29 AT 8:00 PM and ON APRIL 2 AT 2:00 p.m.
THE CELEBRATION WILL UTILIZE FORM II OF THE RITE.
The Rite involves the following:
Song, scripture and prayer that reminds us that we are all sinners but still loved by God who desires to forgive. Together we say a prayer of sorrow which indicates our desire to turn from sin back to God. Then, with the help of 12 priests we approach a confessor and say,
“I am grateful for God’s love & forgiveness even when I…”
We mention anything major or other areas of our lives (sin) that keep us from God’s love. You need not go into a lot of detail. The priest doesn’t counsel or lecture but provides forgiveness through the ministry of the Church. This part goes quickly.
After you have had the opportunity to approach a priest & receive a penance & absolution you will move to the chapel by way of the credence table door for a concluding prayer and blessing before moving to the Social Hall for wine, cheese, cookie & punch.