Today at Mass, we hear the parable of the Prodigal Son, or perhaps (depending on the perspective from which you approach this scripture passage) the Forgiving Father.
This parable, along with other readings we hear during this season in Year C, make connections with the Lenten theme of Penance and Reconciliation.
For many of us, different images and thoughts surface as we consider penance and reconciliation, particularly when we think of its sacramental celebration. These impressions we have of penance and reconciliation are shaped by our experiences, which can be quite varied.
Both this Thursday and next, I invite you to come and learn more about how we as a Church celebrate forgiveness and reconciliation. We will explore the history of the sacrament, the forms by which we celebrate the contemporary Rite of Penance, as well as other issues surrounding the celebration of the sacrament today.
This will be a time for reflection, exploration and discussion, and a time to consider further the penitential character of this season of Lent.
Exploring the Sacrament of Penance
Thursday 18 and 25 March
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Paul Knüppel Parish Centre