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Reconciliation


Confession Times
 Everyday 30 minutes before every Mass .  If you like to make an appointment with a priest please call the parish office at 830-663-2244.

 Sacramental Preparation
The sacrament of Reconciliation  preparation begins in the 2nd grade and enrollment in Faith Formation is required to prepare students for their first confession.


Reconciliation for Adults and Children new to the Church
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) offers classes fo Cr adults to bring them into full communion with the Catholic Church through the receipt of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). The CCD Program offers a series of Saturday classes to prepare children for Reconciliation.

Confession
Confession is not difficult, but it does require preparation. We should begin with prayer, placing ourselves in the presence of God, our loving Father. We seek healing and forgiveness through repentance and a resolve to sin no more. Then we review our lives since our last confession, searching our thoughts, words and actions for that which did not conform to God’s command to love Him and one another through His laws and the laws of His Church. This is called an examination of conscience.

To make an examination of conscience:
  • Begin with a prayer asking for God’s help.
  • Review your life with the help of some questions, which are based on the 10 Commandments (see below).
  • Tell God how truly sorry you are for your sins.
  • Make a firm resolution not to sin again.
Examination of Conscience

Recall your sins. Prayerfully ask yourself what you have done with full knowledge and full consent against God’s and the Church’s commandments.
  • Do I pray to God every day? 
  • Have I thanked God for His gifts to me?
  • Did I put my faith in danger through readings contrary to Catholic teachings or involvement in non-Catholic sects? 
  • Did I engage in superstitious practices: palm-reading or fortune-telling?
  • Did I take the name of God in vain? Did I curse or take a false oath?
  • Did I miss Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation through my own fault? Am I attentive at Mass? Did I keep fast and abstinence on the prescribed days?
  • Did I disobey my parents and lawful superiors in important matters?
  • Did I hate or quarrel with anyone, or desire revenge? Did I refuse to forgive? Was I disrespectful?
  • Did I get drunk? Did I take illicit drugs?
  • Did I willfully  entertain impure thoughts or engage in impure conversations or actions? 
  • Did I use artificial means to prevent conception?
  • Was I unfaithful to my spouse?
  • Did I steal or damage another's property? 
  • Have I been honest and just in my business relations?
  • Have I been responsive to the needs of the poor and respected the dignity of others?
  • Did I tell lies? Did I sin by calumny, or detraction, of others? 
  • Did I judge others rashly in serious matters?
  • Have I envied other people?