HC Community Celebrates Advent Reconciliation
Photo by Tylynne McEvoy
|We were fortunate to have seven priests to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for Advent. Priest from left to right are: Friar Ed, Fr. Masters, Fr. Byrne, Fr. Oberwarth , Fr. Murphy, Fr. Grainger and Fr. Kusyk
Twice a year, during the seasons of Advent and Lent, the Pastoral Services team at Holy Cross organizes times of prayer and reflection for the different grade levels throughout the school day. While slides are shown depicting various scripture passages, reflections and prayers on the theme of reconciliation, students and staff are encouraged to visit one of the priests in order to ask for a prayer, a blessing or to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This semester, the Sacrament of Reconciliation for Advent was celebrated on Thursday, December 5th, 2013.
At a time in the history of the Church when many people have dismissed this Sacrament as being irrelevant and ineffective it is inspiring to see so many young people visiting a priest and receiving a very special grace and blessing for their lives. As we prepare our hearts for the feast of Christmas, may each of us find time to admit our need for repentance and reconciliation in our lives. And may each of us find that peace and joy that God is so eager to share with us in return.