Jesus said to the twelve apostles, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (Jn 20:23).
“Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished “Only God forgives sins. Since he is the Son of God, Jesus says of himself, ‘The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ and exercises this divine power: ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ Further, by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to exercise in “Christ has willed that in her prayer and life and action his whole Church should be the sign and instrument of the forgiveness and reconciliation that he acquired for us at the price of his blood. But he entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution to the apostolic ministry liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. his name. which he charged with the ‘ministry of reconciliation'” (CCC 1440-1442).
At Church of the Resurrection
The sacrament of Reconciliation in the Archdiocese of Washington normally is received by seven-year-olds preparing for their First Eucharist. Preparation is required and is offered by the Religious Education program.
Reconciliation is Saturday from 4:00pm-4:45 pm or by appointment. For more information you can call the parish office at 301/236-5200.