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The Sacrament of Reconciliation stands as one of the two healing sacraments, serving to reinstate us into a life of grace-filled discipleship. In the embrace of this Sacrament, the Christian community not only acknowledges but actively participates in the ongoing forgiveness mission initiated by Jesus in our midst.

The focus of the Sacrament of Reconciliation lies in recognizing and confessing one’s committed sins. Furthermore, this sacrament places importance on evaluating the quality of our relationships with God, ourselves, and others, including family, neighbors, friends, and the environment.

While the Penitential Rite at nearly every liturgy allows us to celebrate God’s mercy, Pope Francis urges us to delve deeper into what he terms “the revolution of God’s tender mercy.” Multiple occasions throughout the year call for a more profound and extended exploration of this divine mercy, ensuring that our spiritual journey as disciples experiences continued growth.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in 45-minute sessions: 

  • Mondays at 8:45 a.m. (following the daily 8 a.m. Mass)
  • Wednesdays at 4 p.m. (preceding the daily 5 p.m. Mass)
  • Fridays at 4 p.m. (preceding the daily 5 p.m. Mass)
  • Saturdays at 8:45 a.m. (following the daily 8 a.m. Mass)

Coinciding with Xavier University’s Fall/Spring academic calendar:

  • Sundays at 3 p.m. (preceding the 4 p.m. student Mass) 
  • Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (preceding the 8 p.m. Tuesday student Mass)

Reconciliation times can also be made by appointment:

  • (513) 400-3982 (call or text)

Communal Opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation:  

At Bellarmine Chapel, the community comes together to observe the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent. Following a period of meditation on the Word of God, we actively partake in an “examination of conscience.” This involves reflecting on the graces we have received, acknowledging our faults and shortcomings, and discerning the new invitations that God is extending to us.