God's Gift of Mercy

“Peace be with you!”

With these words, the Risen Lord greeted his frightened friends in the upper room. They were troubled, anxious, and fearful –much like each of us at some point in our lives. Christ repeated the words, “Peace be with you,” and then he added, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive, are forgiven them.” What an amazing gift! The Risen Lord was proclaiming that all the suffering he had endured was not stronger than the love of the Father, and that through that suffering, the gifts of salvation and forgiveness – the gifts of God’s mercy, were made available. He wanted his friends to receive these gifts, he wanted them to become apostles of this forgiveness to others.

In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called Confession, we meet the Lord, who wants to grant us forgiveness and fill us with the grace to live a renewed life in him. In this sacrament, he prepares us to receive him free from serious sin, with a lively faith, earnest hope and sacrificial love in the Eucharist. The Church sees confession as so important that every Catholic is required to go at least once a year. The Church also encourages frequent confession in order to grow closer to Christ Jesus and His Body, the Church. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we seek forgiveness and repentance, let go of patterns of sin, grow in the life of virtue and witness to a joyful conversion.

Sometimes we can experience difficulty, hesitation or uncertainty about approaching the Lord in this sacrament,especially if it’s been a while since we last went to Confession. But there is no need, the Lord, is waiting for you with love and we are ready to welcome you. Our priests are always available to hear Confession (just call 416-924-6257) and during Advent, in addition to our regular confession times, there will be a Penance Service on Monday, December 10th at 7:30pm and additional times scheduled. Watch for more details throughout Advent. The Lord is waiting –so come to the Lord and experience the extraordinary grace of his forgiveness!

Upcoming Events

Alpha - Winter 2019
2019 Feb 19 - 18:00
EDGE Youth Ministry Program
2019 Feb 21 - 18:30
Ash Wednesday
2019 Mar 8 - 08:00
Volunteer Tax Clinic
2019 Mar 16 - 10:00
Good Friday
2019 Apr 19 - 09:30
Easter Sunday
2019 Apr 21 - 08:30
Divine Mercy Sunday
2019 Apr 28 - 14:30