RCIA CLASS 17A - THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

I. The Sacrament of Penance (also called Confession Reconciliation) is God's gift to His people to assure them of His forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism.

2. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to the Apostles in the Upper Room

II. The sacrament of Reconciliation is fitting, for it enables one to be reconciled, through verbal and physical means, with God and the Church, but in a fashion that avoids public shame. "Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offences committed against Him and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church." Vatican II Council, Lumen Gentium (1964) 11.

- The sorrow must be real and not based only upon earthly concerns.

III. The process for going to confession is fairly simple, and tries to emphasize the presence of Christ.

D. The penitent then states the sins to be confessed.

I. The priest will then say a few words in closing.