Redemptorist, Baclaran, Philippines
Mission - Reconciliation
The shrine is a popular center for healing and reconciliation. A popular appeal of the shrine is the availability of the sacrament of reconciliation. Confessions are heard daily in the Shrine, except Sundays, at almost every hour of the day. On Wednesdays, the Confessional boxes are occupied all day long. The celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation makes the Shrine an important centre of spiritual renewal.
The sacrament of reconciliation is a strong Redemptorist tradition going back to their founder, St. Alphonsus, who has been declared by the Church the Patron of Confessors and Moral Theologians. On Saturdays, one priest could be hearing confessions for six to seven hours. Apart from the Redemptorists, Jesuits from the China Province used to come regularly in the 1960s to help hear confessions. Sometime in the past, the former Superior General of a missionary congregation comes as a volunteer every Wednesday to hear confessions for four to five hours without a break.
Penitential services with general absolution are held on First Wednesdays, First Fridays, some Saturdays of Advent, on all Wednesdays of Holy Week and during the Easter Triduum. For the clergy and religious, there is a special confessional at the enｬtrance of the convento where the penitent simply rings a bell and enters the confessional. The priest enters from inside the convento without seeing the penitent.
Liturgical and sacramental services like masses, novenas, confessions and blessings continue to be the main services of our shrines. Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help on Wednesdays is still the main attraction of the people to the shrine, even eclipsing Sunday Masses.
Another essential program of shrine ministry is evangelization both for church volunteers and church goers. The ministry of evangelization is primarily exercised through prophetic preaching, connecting the Word of God to the daily issues, concerns and aspirations especially of the ordinary people. Evangelization in is also done through retreats, seminars, short catechesis, instructions before the mass, etc. We believe that an organized and robust evangelization will lead to the active participation of church group members and church goers in the mission of the shrine.
The original purpose of the Redemptorist in settling down in Baclaran is to do mission. This changed however, as history unfolded through the grace of God when the devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help became the primary attraction of the shrine. But the Redemptorist never abandoned their original charism. Thus, throughout these years the shrine have been going around the parishes of the local Diocese doing parish missions, assisting them in Christian community building in line with the thrust of the Philippine Church and our local church.
Today in the shrine, the proclamation of the Word from the pulpit is complemented by social services which try to address the concrete day to day problems of the people, especially the abandoned poor.
We have many young people involved in our shrine. At the same time the shrine reaches out to the youth especially those at risk around the shrine who are involved in drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, and other difficulties. An ongoing challenge to us is to become more connected to the complex and delicate demands of the youth of today and to open more our community to young people.
The shrine in the past has been known as a strong advocate of justice and peace. The continuing oppressive situation in our country-the widening gap between the rich and the poor, the pervasive poverty of our people, the exploitation and destruction of our environment, the many evils in our society-challenges us to opens our eyes and hearts to the situation of the poor and commit ourselves in journeying with them towards justice and peace and integrity of creation.
The shrine is a popular pilgrimage center. Everyday the shrine welcomes hundreds of people from even the far-flung provinces who visit the shrine to pray and express their devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. This challenges us to become more ministers of mercy and hospitality by welcoming the pilgrims who feel burdened by the weight of their sins and the consequences of injustice, violence and social marginalization.
One of the popular appeal of the shrine is the availability of the sacrament of reconciliation. Confessions are heard daily in the Shrine, except Sundays, at almost every hour of the day. On Wednesdays, the Confessional boxes are occupied all day long. The celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation makes the Shrine an important centre of spiritual renewal.
How to Go to Confession
1. Preparation before going to confession: The penitent compares his or her life with the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the example of Christ and then prays to God for forgiveness.
2. Going to Confession: After the priest welcomes you, both of you make the sign of the cross. Then you may wish to indicate facts about your life, the time of the last confession, difficulties in leading the Christian life, and anything else that may help the priest.
3. The Word of God: You or the priest may read one of the suggested scriptural passages.
4. Confession of Sins and the Act of Penance: Confess your sins. The priest then offers suitable advice and imposes an act of penance or satisfaction, which may include prayer, self-denial, or works of mercy.
5. Prayer of the Penitent: Pray a prayer expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving not to sin again. Two suggested prayers are given here:
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 penance,
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.
(Rite of Penance, no. 45)
Check out the schedule of confession at the shrine.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Tagalog 6:45 AM
English 9:30 AM
English 5:45 PM
8:30 - 11:30 AM
3:30 - 6:30 PM
Blessings Anytime through the front office
Tagalog 6:30 AM
Tagalog 8:00 AM (Mass for the Elderly)
English 9:30 AM
English 11:00 AM
Tagalog 12:30 PM
Tagalog 2:30 PM (Children's Mass)
Tagalog 4:00 PM
English 5:30 PM
English 7:00 PM
No confessions on Sundays
Novena and Masses
Novena/Mass Tagalog 5:30 AM
Novena/Benediction Tagalog 7:00 AM
Novena/Mass English 7:45 AM
Novena/Benediction Tagalog 9:15 AM
Novena/Benediction English 10:00 AM
Novena/Mass Tagalog 10:45 AM
Novena/Mass Tagalog 1:30 PM
Novena/Benediction Tagalog 3:00 PM
Novena/Benediction English 4:00 PM
Novena/Mass English 4:45 PM
Novena/Benediction Tagalog 6:00 PM
Novena/Benediction English 6:45 PM
Novena/Benediction English 7:30 PM
Wednesday Confession Schedule
Morning 5:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Afternoon 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Evening 6:00 PM - 8:00PM
General Absolution Every first Wednesday of the month at 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Blessings After all novena and masses
at the left side of the church near the store
Write letter of
Read letter of
Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the Lamb of God;
you take away the sins of the world.
Through the grace of the Holy Spirit
restore me to friendship with your Father,
cleanse me from every stain of sin
in the blood you shed for me,
and raise me to new life
for the glory of your name.
(Rite of Penance, no. 91)
6. Absolution: The priest extends his hands over your head and pronounces the formula of absolution, making the sign of the cross over your head during the final words. You answer, "Amen."
7. Proclamation of Praise: Praise the mercy of God and give him thanks in a short invocation taken from Scripture, such as "Rejoice in the Lord and sing for joy, friends of God" (Ps 32:1-7, 10-11), "The Lord has remembered his mercy" (Lk 1:46-55), or "Blessed be God who chose us in Christ" (Eph 1:3-10) (Rite of Penance, no. 206).
8. Dismissal: The priest dismisses you with the command to go in peace. Continue to express your conversion through a life renewed according to the Gospel and more and more steeped in the love of God.