Sacraments of Healing
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How to go to Confession:
Begin by making the sign of the cross, then say:
Bless me Father for I have sinned. It has been (insert time) since my last Confession. My sins are…..
The priest will ask you to say the Act of Contrition.
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong, and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do pennance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen
The priest will then give you absolution. He will place his hand over your head and speak the prayer of absolution.
Make the Sign of the Cross and say, “Amen”. And then as you leave you should say, “Thank You, Father”.
Confession or Penance
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at St. Amelia’s every Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30pm, Mondays at 6:30pm and Wednesday’s at 4:00pm. Before celebrating this sacrament, one should examin their conscience and self reflect prayerfully about one’s own thoughts, words and actions so that you may identify any sins. Resources on how to do this are located below.
Children are prepared for their Reconciliation through our Religious Education Department.
Tell the priest how you have sinned. When you are done, the priest will now talk to you and give you something to do or tell you to say special prayers to make up for your sins. (This is your penance).
Examination of Conscience resources can be found in the links below:
For more information and a better understanding, you can visit the Dicocese of Buffalo website or CLICK HERE.
Anointing of the Sick
If you or a loved one is in need of the Anointing of the Sick, please make arrangements with the parish office (716-836-0011) and/or feel free to ask one of the priests before or after Mass.
We are happy to visit you with Communion or Confession or to offer the Sacrament of Anointing in your home, hospital or healthcare facility.
In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.
~ From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults