When is the Sacrament of Penance available at Nativity?

Saturday 8:30 am & 3:00 pm
Sunday — 30 minutes prior to each Mass
Thursday during Holy Hour 5:00-6:00 pm



What are the essential elements of the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

The essential elements are two: the acts of the penitent who comes to repentance through the action of the Holy Spirit, and the absolution of the priest who in the name of Christ grants forgiveness and determines the ways of making satisfaction. (Question and answer from the Compendium of the Catechism, 302)


What are the effects of this sacrament?

The effects of the Sacrament of Penance are: reconciliation with God and therefore the forgiveness of sins; reconciliation with the Church; recovery, if it has been lost, of the state of grace; remission of the eternal punishment merited by mortal sins, and remission, at least in part, of the temporal punishment which is the consequence of sin; peace, serenity of conscience and spiritual consolation; and an increase of spiritual strength for the struggle of Christian living. (Question and answer from the Compendium, 310)




When/how can I receive the Sacrament of Anointing?

Anointing of the Sick is administered at Nativity on the Second Sunday of every month at 8:30am.  If you or someone you know would like to receive the Anointing of the Sick at another time, please contact Lynne Gallagher at the parish office (see the right-hand sidebar for her contact information).



Who can receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?

Any member of the faithful can receive this sacrament as soon as he or she begins to be in danger of death because of sickness or old age.  The faithful who receive this sacrament can receive it several times if their illness becomes worse or another serious sickness afflicts them.  The celebration of this sacrament should, if possible, be preceded by individual confession on the part of the sick person. (Question and answer from the Compendium of the Catechism, 316)


How is this sacrament celebrated?

The celebration of this sacrament consists essentially in an anointing with oil which may be blessed by the bishop.  The anointing is on the forehead and on the hands of the sick person (in the Roman rite) or also on other parts of the body (in the other rights) accompanied by the prayer of the priest who asks for the special grace of this sacrament. (Compendium, 318)


What are the effects of this sacrament?

This sacrament confers a special grace which unites the sick person more intimately to the Passion of Christ for his good and for the good of all the Church.  It gives comfort, peace, courage, and even the forgiveness of sins if the sick person is not able to make a confession.  Sometimes, if it is the will of God, this sacrament even brings about the restoration of physical health.  In any case this Anointing prepares the sick person for the journey to the Father’s house. (Compendium, 319)