"I absolve you of your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Saturday from 3:30-4:45 p.m. and thirty minutes before each Sunday Mass beginning at 8:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Private confessions may be scheduled by contacting a priest at 918-299-9406.
Penance Services are celebrated during Advent and Lent. Check the Calendar or weekly bulletin for a complete listing of reconciliation opportunities.
Contact: Sharon Lechtenberg, Director of Religious Education, 918-299-9406, ext. 210
Preparation and celebration of First Reconciliation is held in the Fall of second grade.
Learn more about the Sacramental Programs.
First Reconciliation for Adults
Contact: Christine Myers, Director of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), 918-299-9406, ext. 241
Are you a baptized Catholic who seeks to complete your initiation through the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation? If so, the RCIA ministry at St. Bernard welcomes you.
Learn more about RCIA at St. Bernard.
Create a clean heart in me, O GOD....
In the Gospel, we heard the Gentiles say to Philip, “We would like to see Jesus.” They wanted just to see Jesus. How much more wonderful it is actually to meet Him, to be touched by Him, and blessed by Him! And that’s exactly what happens in the sacraments. It happens in Baptism. It happens in Confirmation. It happens supremely in the Eucharist. And it also happens in confession.
Confession, the sacrament of Penance, is, after Baptism, the very sacrament by which the Lord creates a clean heart in me: a heart cleansed of sin, a heart into which He places again His law of love, the seed of His love.
It’s only in the soil of a clean heart that the seed of His love can grow and bear fruit. In fact, unless we gain these new hearts we’ll never arrive at the place for which we were made. Not having spiritual hearts, but earthly ones, we won’t come to know, love, and serve the Lord, but rather give ourselves to something else; and so never come to – or even much want – the thing for which we were made, the bliss of Heaven.
“Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” We all want to see Jesus; we all want to see God. St. Augustine said, “Lord, you have made us for yourself; and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
What a horrible thing, then, never to see God! To miss the thing for which we were made! And we will miss it, unless we allow the Lord to create that new heart in us, that heart cleansed of sin, that heart that has received the seed of His love.
There is a prayer composed by St. Thomas Aquinas that a priest can recite privately before Mass. Some of its words are these: “We receive Jesus now under the veil of a sacrament. May we one day see Him face to face in glory.”
May we one day see in Heaven the One who meets us now in the sacraments. Let’s prepare for Easter, then, by making a good confession; and by that sacrament prepare for the day of our own resurrection – and an eternity of bliss.
“Create a clean heart in me, O God.…in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.”