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The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Habitual Sin

The Sacrament of Reconciliation aka Confession has gone from being perhaps the most frequently celebrated sacraments to one of the most seldom.

Two primary reasons are these:
1) Failure to understand WHY we need this sacrament;
2) Failure to appreciate WHAT this sacrament is all about.

Father Paul will talk about the what, why, and how. What sin is, 6 reasons why confession with a priest is necessary, 12 misconceptions people have about confession, and the theology undergirding this sacrament will be addressed. The presentation will conclude with a heartfelt and honest homily on habitual sin that seems to be a life long struggle for most of us. There are many such sins, some quite deadly, and we all seem to have a few.

Father Paul will explore both the cause and hope -filled suggestions for dealing with this unfortunate part of our spiritual journey. The presentation will take about 75 minutes and will include time for questions, answers, and discussion.

  • WHAT: A teaching on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Habitual Sin
  • WHEN: Friday 4 February at 9:30 am following 9am First Friday Mass
  • WHERE: St. Brendan Church Sanctuary in Shallotte, North Carolina
  • WHY: To understanding the amazing gift & opportunity in this sacrament.
  • HOW: PLEASE REGISTER by signing up at the desk in the Gathering Space or by emailing Fr. Paul at You may also text or phone him and leave a message at (304) 433-7472. It helps us with preparing handouts.
  • WHO: Fr. Paul Wharton, is diocesan priest from Wheeling- Charleston on Sabbatical and Priest in Residence at Saint Brendan. He has been a Priest (39 years), Prison Chaplain, Dean, Vicar, Teacher, Presbyteral Council Chairman, and a Consulter for his Bishop.

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May we, like our patron, St. Brendan, trust joyfully in the guidance of our God and in the goodness of our fellow travelers.