"Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."
-John 20: 21-23
Through penance, the faithful receive pardon for the sins they have committed and are reconciled with the Church community.
Every parishioner is encouraged to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for the two major feasts of the liturgical year, namely, Christmas, and Easter. During the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent ( a time of preparation for these feasts).