Posts Tagged ‘Reconciliation’

Lent 2020 has arrived and here we are! The Lenten spiritual experience can be different for us each year we progress in our faith, spiritual growth and life experiences.

How can we go deeper into the Lenten experiences? Where do we start?

For most of us, it starts with attending Ash Wednesday Mass and listening to the Readings at Mass and the Homily. We may be inspired by the Readings and Homily and suggestions by the priest.


Most of us have a plan in mind to give up some of our indulgences like eating sweets or drinks and omitting sugar from our meals. Some of us want to tackle the tough vices in life, like giving up idle gossip, laziness, swearing, addictions. It is very tough to give up strong addictions especially for 40 days! We need the help of God to work through these struggles daily by prayer, fasting, almsgiving, abstinence. God gives us the grace required through these thoughtful decisions to change our lives purposefully.

If you can’t give up anything, then you can add something else to your 40 days – reading a book on a saint, e.g. Story of a Soul by St Therese, or St Faustina’s Diary, etc. There are many spiritual books out now on the lives of the saints. If you cannot purchase a book, try borrowing a book from your local catholic library or online version. E.g. https://www.discerninghearts.com/catholic-podcasts/

Do charitable works – feed the hungry, visit the sick, lonely, Help with voluntary work at charitable organisations, help your local church. Donate money and goods to local charities.

Read the Bible – select a chapter which you have put off reading because it is too hard to read usually! The books of the 4 Evangelists or Letters of St Paul.

Try to maintain this for the 40 days. If you miss a day or two, you can still easily catch up. Don’t give up!

For myself, at one time I wanted to read a whole book, but managed to just read a few pages here and there, but caught up after Lent. I try to attend Holy Mass more often during the week and any other prayer services offered at any church, Eucharistic Adoration. I have tried every year to give up my favorite sweets and over time this has led me to not indulge in sweets, even if it is available.

Here is a good resource full of ideas on what you can still do during Lent: What 5 Saints Did for Lent by Ascension Presents.

Wishing you all a Blessed and Holy Lent 2020!

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confessional-officeFirst week of the month, is a time when we observe 1st Saturday Devotion to Our Blessed Mother to attend Holy Mass, Holy Communion, Confession (attend Confession any day of this week) and spend 15 minutes meditating on the Rosary for the intentions of the needs of the church today.

Today I was at church and it was quiet, with hardly anybody in the Confessional queue – a good time to go I thought. Plus the Holy Spirit was nudging me for some time, but my human nature made me feel a bit lazy!  Suddenly I saw a priest enter the church and go towards the confessional. Aha I thought, that is my cue! I thought, if a priest goes to Confession, what about me! So off I went to join the small queue. I have on occasions joined many people in the Confessional queue, all brothers and sisters in Christ, nuns and priests, side by side in the queue, and it is a humbling experience to realise that we are all on this spiritual journey towards our Eternal Home and we all have occasion to sin – daily, minute by minute. We all need this great Sacrament of Forgiveness and Grace to repent, to change, to try with God’s help to overcome our weaknesses, no matter how small or big. This world has temptations all around us to draw us into a life of sin and despair. We cannot escape the temptations of sin, unless we are strengthened with God’s help alone, by frequent repentance and conscious effort to overcome that weakness.

I would like to bring to your mind that many of us today think we don’t need to go to Confession, that we are living a daily life of doing daily chores and we think we are living a good moral life. After all the requirement of the catholic church is to go to Confession and Holy Communion (at least) once a year at Easter, although we need to attend Holy Mass every Sunday.  Intentionally missing Holy Mass on every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation is a Mortal sin and our soul is in spiritual danger. Or we might think, our sins are too great, we are afraid to confess it. These are doubts coming into our minds to stop us from going to this great Sacrament and being free of sin! Do not listen to this! Many people who do not believe in this, carry on their lives day after day, soon they realise they are stuck in the same life patterns which they cannot escape, they try everything – seeking professional counselling help, courses, programs. (I am not saying they do not work, they do work). Who holds the key to the human heart, created by God? No one can get into the mind and heart of any human being, except God Himself. God alone can help mend the broken human heart.

Have no fear, the priest in the Confessional is very patient and gentle and understanding to hear us out. And before you know it, in a few minutes, you are granted Absolution of the Church and you are free! Check your local churches for Confession times on Google search (if you are on the net) or check with your local Archdiocese for the nearest church. You are not alone! I have been hearing from our priests at Mass saying to people ‘come and talk to us’.

The Confessional is the Seat of Mercy – Jesus revealed to St Faustina, the apostle of Divine Mercy, that He is there in the Confessional through the priest, listening to us. We receive the Penance the priest asks of us and God’s Mercy washes our souls clean and Grace poured into our souls to strengthen us for our spiritual journey.

Jesus gave the Sacrament of Penance to the 12 Apostles on Pentecost when He breathed on them and Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so also I am sending you.” When He had said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”… St John 20:22.

Do not wait or doubt, go now to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and find Jesus the Divine Mercy waiting there!  Jesus says ‘Come to me all you who labour and heavily burdened and I will give you rest’.

~ God Bless you today and always!

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Make this a Blessed Lent by visiting the Sacrament of Confession. Meet Jesus through the priest, and receive His Love and Mercy!

St Francis Church, Melbourne

Monday 2 April 11.30am-2pm and 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Tuesday 3 April 10.30am-2.00pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm

Wednesday 4 April 10am Communal Rite and 3.30-5.30pm

Thursday 5 April 10.30am-2pm and 3.30-5.30pm

Friday 6 April No Ministry of Reconciliation

Saturday 7 April 10.30am-12.30pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm

St Augustine’s Church, Bourke Street, Melbourne

Mass Times

  • Monday: 1.05pm
  • Tuesday: 1.05pm
  • Wednesday: 1.05pm
  • Thursday: 1.05pm
  • Friday: 1.05pm, 9.00pm (1st Friday)
  • Sunday: 10.30am & 8.00pm
  • Reconciliation: Monday – Friday: 12.30pm

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Tuesday 3 April

7am. 8am, 1pm

Daily Mass



Chrism Mass
– Blessing of the Holy Oils
– Renewal of Priestly Commitment
– Solemn Mass

Wednesday 4 April

7am, 8am & 1pm

Daily Mass



Thursday 5 April

No Morning Mass

12 – 1pm



Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
– The Washing of the Feet
– The Procession to the Altar of Repose
Reposition will continue until 11:00pm

Good Friday 6 April

10:00am Sharp

Ecumenical Stations of the Cross
beginning at St. Francis Church, Lonsdale Street


Stations of the Cross at the Cathedral

11:15am                – 12:00 pm



Solemn Liturgy of the Passion
– The Liturgy of the Word
– Veneration of the Cross
– Holy Communion


– Based on the Readings and Morning Prayer of Holy Saturday.

Saturday 7 April                   The Cathedral will be open from 10:00am

10 – 11am



Easter Vigil & First Easter Mass

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This moment can be the moment when you return to the Church and receive pardon of your sins.  Do not hesitate, do not wait, find a church that is open for Confession.

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that we humble sinners will Repent and turn our lives over to God, receive Grace into our hearts and souls.

‘To those who have been far away from the sacrament of Reconciliation and forgiving love, I make this appeal: Come back to this source of grace; do not be afraid! Christ himself is waiting for you. He will heal you, and you will be at peace with God!” –   Blessed John Paul II

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