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Roman Catholic Ministries

                                                             Sunday Roman Catholic Mass

10:30 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church just a few steps from campus, we are located at 901 N. Alton Street, Lebanon or...

Worship with Corpus Christi located at 205 Rasp St. Shiloh at 4:30pm on Saturdays or 9:00am on Sundays

Join Catholic students, the community, and area priests and musicians as we celebrate mass together. All are welcome!

                          Joseph House, located at St. Joseph's Church

                                           All are Welcome!


                                                        Every Monday You are Invited to

                                 Joseph House at St. Joseph's Church 5pm - 7pm

Students are welcome to gather for dinner & comradery, peaceful getaway, study areas/wifi available.  All are welcome!


Reconciliation Service

The sacrament of Reconciliation is also known as Penance and Confession, among other names. Although often called Reconciliation in common usage, the term "penance" best describes the essential interior disposition required for this sacrament.

In fact, there is a virtue of penance. This is a supernatural virtue by which we are moved to detest our sins from a motive made known by faith, and with an accompanying purpose of offending God no more and of making satisfaction for our sins. In this sense the word "penance" is synonymous with "penitence" or "repentance."

Before the time of Christ the virtue of penance was the only means by which people's sins could be forgiven. Even today, for those outside the Church in good faith, not possessing the sacrament of Penance, it is the only means for forgiveness of sins.

The sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament in which the priest, as the agent of God, forgives sins committed after Baptism, when the sinner is heartily sorry for them, sincerely confesses them, and is willing to make satisfaction for them.By his death on the Cross, Jesus Christ redeemed man from sin and from the consequences of his sin, especially from the eternal death that is sin's due.

So it is not surprising that on the very day he rose from the dead, Jesus instituted the sacrament by which men's sins could be forgiven.  It was on Easter Sunday evening that Jesus appeared to his Apostles, gathered together in the Upper Room, where they had eaten the Last Supper. As they gaped and shrank back in a mixture of fear and dawning hope, Jesus spoke to them reassuringly.

As God, I have the power to forgive sin. I now entrust the use of that power to you. You will be My representatives. Whatever sins you forgive, I shall forgive. Whatever sins you do not forgive, I shall not forgive. (St. John 20: 19-23)

McKendree Catholic Ministries offers a time of confession with a local priest so that the Sacrament of Reconciliation can be available to the campus community with time and date to be determined.