Celebrating Reconciliation Together
Parishes & the Second Form of the Rite of Penance
Resources for the Rite of Penance
One of the more significant developments in the liturgy in recent years has been the revision of the Rite of Penance. The second form of that Rite — the Rite for Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution — has in many places been found to bring great benefits to parish communities. It has assisted with a deeper catechesis concerning the nature of sin and of God's reconciling love revealed for us in Jesus Christ. It has enabled members of the local Church to deepen their awareness of their collective need for reconciliation, and of their vocation to become themselves ministers of Christ's healing and mercy in our world.
This document introduces the second form of the Rite of Penance and offers a guide for parishes in how they might collaborate to enable its worthy celebration.
The following are offered as examples of material to assist celebration in a group of parishes.