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Jesus Forgives Sins

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The Gospels provide numerous examples of Christ’s mission to forgive sins. When a paralytic was lowered through the roof of a house and placed at his feet, Christ first forgave the man’s sins and then cured his affliction (cf. Lk 5:17-26). When a sinful woman knelt at his feet in the house of Simon the Pharisee, Jesus forgave her sins because she had “loved much,” unlike the Pharisee, who had little insight into his own sinfulness (cf. Lk 7:36-50). Christ’s parable of the prodigal son illustrates the sublime meaning of his earthly ministry, which is to forgive sins, reconcile people to God, and lead us to true happiness (cf. Lk 15:11-32).

Jesus died on the Cross and rose from the dead to reconcile sinful people with God through the forgiveness of sins and the gift of new life with the Triune God. Even on the Cross, he forgave those who were killing him and had mercy on the repentant thief.

Only God can forgive our sins. But Jesus willed that the Church should be his instrument of forgiveness on earth. On Easter night the Risen Christ imparted to his Apostles his own power to forgive sins. He breathed on them, imparting the promised Holy Spirit, and said, “Peace be with you.” Jesus was actually filling them with peace that is rooted in friendship with God. But he did more. He shared with them his own merciful mission. He breathed on them a second time and said, As the Father has sent me, so I send you. . . . Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. (Jn 20:21-23)

That night Jesus gave the Church the ministry of the forgiveness of sins through the Apostles (cf. CCC, no. 1461). By the Sacrament of Holy Orders, bishops and priests continue this ministry to forgive sins “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” In this Sacrament, the priest acts in the person of Christ, the Head of the Church, to reconcile the sinner to both God and the Church. “When he celebrates the Sacrament of Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep. . . . The priest is the sign and instrument of God’s merciful love for the sinner” (CCC, no. 1465).

The Sacrament of Penance involves a conversion of our hearts to God, a confession of sins to a priest, the forgiveness of our sins, a penance to make some amends for sin, and reconciliation with God and the Church. For those who commit mortal sin after Baptism, this Sacrament is necessary for being reconciled to God and the Church.

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See note on Needs for Project Blessing in Lexington, here!

Soup and Station schedule for Lent, here!

Confession Schedule for Lent:  April 4th: 9:30-10:00 am (St. Mary's); April 5th: 6-7 pm at St. Mary's. April 6th: 9:30-10:00 am (St. Mary's); April 10th: 9:30 - 10:00 am at St. Denis; April 12th: 5:30-6 pm  at St. Mary's; April 13th: Confession by appointment.


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Weekly Parish Calendar

  March 25th: Bishop Cistone will be offering the 4 pm, Mass at St. Denis (Laetare Sunday Vigil Mass)
  March 26th: Laetare Sunday of Lent
  March 27th: Monday night Eucharistic Holy Hour, beginning at 5 pm. at St. Mary's. Spend some time with Our Lord during lent.
  March 28th: Soup and Stations beginning at 6:00 pm at St. Mary's center followed by Stations in the Church.  Bring a friend to this meal and prayer.  
  March 28th: 21st session of the Bible Timeline following the 9 am Mass at St. Mary's.
  March 29th: 21st session of the Bible Timeline following the 9 am Mass at St. Dennis.
  March 29th: Faith formation beginning at 6:00 pm at St. Mary's
  March 31st: Fish fry at the Knights of Columbus hall in Lexington Heights beginning at 4 pm.



Homily; Bishop Cistone - March for Life - 2017  (Listen Here)

Mass in the Bascilica of the Immaculate Conception

MAlogoAve Maria Parish Mission Statement

Ave Maria Parish is a Catholic faith community who welcomes all people to our Christian family. We are disciples and sacramental followers of Jesus Christ. In our chosen vocations, we call upon the Blessed Mother’s intercession and recognize the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us to carry out God’s work.

We strive to grow together in holiness through prayer, reception of the sacraments, faith formation and evangelization. Through the grace of God, we extend ourselves to each other and our community to proclaim the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.