Have you ever taken a walk on the beach in the fog,
or have been driving a car as fog rolls in? Fog is captivating
but it obstructs our view of the whole picture.
It is not until the light of the sun cuts through that the
fog that it dissipates and enables us to appreciate the
view ahead and navigate our journey with ease.

Next Saturday our second grade CCD students will
receive the Sacrament of Penance for the first time.
They have prepared well and understand that their
sins build up and block, like fog, the view of their
best friend, Jesus Christ. They know that, Jesus
Christ, the Good Shepherd, rejoices more over one
sinner who repents than over the 99 who have no
need of repentance.

The Sacrament of Penance is
God’s gift of grace to us that breaks through our sinfulness
so that we are able to return to a life of grace.

In the story of the Prodigal Son, Jesus tell us the story,
of the father waiting out by the road longing for
his wayward son to return. And when the son returns
and begins to give his repentance to his father, the
father interrupts him and shouts orders to begin a celebration.
Jesus is telling us that this is how God feels
about our reconciliation. It isn’t about being judged or
scolded. It is all about letting ourselves receive His
Son, the merciful and healing sanctifying love and
peace that only God’s love can give us.

Our sins obstruct our relationship with God and it is
not until we humbly confess our sins, and make sacramentally
present, Jesus’ call to conversion, that the
healing light of grace helps us to return on our journey
of life with a clear view. The purpose of this sacrament
is to restore our friendship with Jesus Christ
and the primary effect of the sacrament is a renewal
of life in the Spirit.

St. Ann by the Sea Parish offers the Sacrament of Confession on
Saturdays at 3pm in the Chapel and by appointment at


Please look to the following “Catechetical Corner”!