Through the forgiveness of sin, the Sacrament of Reconciliation restores our relationships with God and one another so that we might once more be united with Christ and the fellowship of his Church.

The effect of sin, particularly serious sin, is to destroy our relationship with God and to undermine our relationships with other human beings. But Christ came to conquer the effects of sin, to save us from the power of evil in the world that attacks human dignity and separates us from God.

Christ taught us that if we are willing to acknowledge our sin and seek reconciliation (Parable of the Lost Son, Lk. 15:11-32) the Father will welcome us with open arms, and celebrate our return. What is necessary is a true sense of repentance for what we have done and the genuine intention to avoid sin in the future (“Go, and sin no more.” Jn. 11:8).

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in the church each Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m. or by appointment by contacting Fr. Patrick at (313)274-4500 or at

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