The Gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Many of you may have seen my presentation recorded in January on the story of my faith journey.  One small part in that presentation was a mention of the first time I went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation after my return to church.  From that there were a couple of questions about how we confess our sins.

After that our Evangelization Team sought ways to move forward from that presentation.  As part of that, we set about recording a video on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We are also trying a different approach this time.  In January, there was a live audience and the recording was secondary.  This time, there was no live audience.  The first part was recorded with me standing outside the Confessional while the second part is mainly recorded from within the Confessional to talk about how we celebrate this wonderful gift.

With the help of the team, I also created three handouts on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  One on why I see this sacrament as a gift, the second is an Examination of Conscience, and the third outlines how we celebrate this sacrament.  The video and all of the handouts are now available on my website at

Since this is a new endeavor with no live audience, please let us know what you think.  There are “live” presentations coming up (Monday, February 25th, Talking to God: A Conversation About Prayer and Monday, March 18th, Talking About God: Sharing Our Faith at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall) but this video is a new endeavor and your feedback would be appreciated.


Fr. Jeff

P.S. Don’t forget about our Diocesan Day of Penance on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 during Holy Week when all parishes will be offering individual confessions from 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.


  1. Hi Fr. Jeff!

    Immaculate Conception is my parish and I just love Social Media. I am so glad that you have so much information on your blog and website.

    The two videos that you produced on reconciliation were so great and I enjoyed them so much. I sent links to these videos to a family member and a friend that I was recently talking to that haven’t been to church in years.

    You have made it so “friendly” to come back home! I was away from the Church for years, but came back again 7 years ago. I remember my greatest fear was going back to confession. I really thought I was going to have to say 100 rosaries after 20 years he he.

    But what I did find is that the Church has changed since the “old days” when I was growing up. (circa 1960’s) Since my return, whenever I speak to someone that wants to return, but has misconceptions, I am always sharing my experience and the joy of the sacraments.

    I strongly believe that the videos you have produced will help us in examining our conscious. I thank you so much for doing this.

    God Bless you
    Donna Merrill

  2. My daughter and I watched Part I of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday and also enjoyed the video. Coming from a Protestant background, it was neat to see how much we have in common theologically. However, I think one of the missing pieces on our “side” of the fence is confession.

    Thank you, Father Jeff, for taking the time to make the sacrament clear, and making it “user friendly” to today’s generation!



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