Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy Sunday is April 23!

All are invited to participate in San Juan Del Rio’s celebration of Jesus’ Divine Mercy.  Confessions will be heard by 2 priests from 1:30pm – 3:00pm. The celebration will begin promptly at 3:00PM; the Hour of Mercy.

The message of Divine Mercy is simply that Jesus loves You! He wants all of us to ask for His mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, be merciful to others, and trust in Him completely with our lives and our Redemption. There is no sin, no sin, greater than Christ’s Mercy. He thirsts for you! Trust in Him. Trust in His love and Mercy. Trust in His Grace.

Confession: it’s less about your sins, and more about God’s Mercy!

Many people fear going to confession. Be not afraid! Take refuge in God’s Mercy! There is no sin too big or too bad that our tender Lord isn’t ready to forgive. A good confession makes new beginnings possible. Let Jesus make YOU NEW with His merciful love and forgiveness.

Nervous about the priest? Father lovingly dedicates his whole life to bringing souls to Christ.  Priests delight in hearing long overdue confessions. No sin could shock or embarrass a priest. He has heard it ALL before. The priest will not shame you, think less of you, or remember your sins. The seal of the confessional is real! Absolution is real! Mercy is real.  You will be forgiven!

Steps in the Rite of Reconciliation

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross.
  2. Say “Bless me Father for I have sinned.” Then state how long it has been since your last confession to the best of your ability to remember.
  3. Tell your sins. Include any sins of omission.  Do not purposely hold anything back.
  4. The priest will give you a penance.  (Complete your penance as soon as possible.)
  5. Say an Act of Contrition. (Don’t remember it? A sincere, “I am so sorry”, will do!)
  6. The priest says the Prayer of Absolution. Bless yourself and respond, “Amen”.
  7. Father will dismiss you. Often the priest says, “Your sins are forgiven. Go in Peace.” You may respond, “Thanks be to God!”

Act of Contrition: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Not sure what sins to confess? Find an examination of conscience here: http://www.usccb.org.

Jesus, I trust in You.      Jesus, I trust in You.      Jesus, I trust in YOU!