Mercy Me

A priest sits with a student at confession.
Fr. Ethelbert and three other area priests helped STA offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


O my God, I am sorry for my sins. In choosing to sin and failing to do good, I have sinned against You and Your Church. I firmly intend, with the help of Your Grace, to make up for my sins and to love as I should. –Act of Contrition II

We are nearing Holy Week, the week before Easter where we, as Christians, enter into a time of sincere spiritual reflection. Today, at St. Thomas Aquinas, we had a nice opportunity that served as a precursor to next week’s Paschal Triduum. 
Present this morning to share his experience with prison ministry was Joseph Covert, parishioner of Parish of the Assumption in Dover. Joe has volunteered with Kairos Prison Ministry for over 10 years. He has witnessed many despondent souls in his service, many who have no family and feel lost/abandoned in this journey of life. Through the transformative power of Grace, many of those prisoners have come to a better place spiritually and emotionally. Everyone deserves a peaceful soul.     

Four of our area priests also blessed St. Thomas Aquinas with their presence and offered the Sacrament of Reconciliation to our community. They, too, served as witnesses to Jesus’ compassion and mercy as they heard confessions, suggested penance and reconciled the soul to God.

Quiet moments of prayer and self- reflection are additional ways in which St. Thomas Aquinas meets every young person’s needs. All of us carry crosses of anxiety, grief, guilt, etc. but through opportunities of Grace, we can be healed from the inside out.