Sacrament of Reconciliation:

This sacrament is rooted in the mission God gave to Christ in his capacity as the Son of man on earth to go and forgive sins (cf. Matt. 9:6). Thus, the crowds who witnessed this new power "glorified God, who had given such authority to men" (Matt. 9:8; note the plural "men"). After his resurrection, Jesus passed on his mission to forgive sins to his ministers, telling them, "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. . . . Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained" (John 20:21–23).

The Newman Catholic Center, located on the UMass Amherst campus, serves the students, faculty, and staff
of the University and the Five College area through events, worship, prayer, community service, and special happenings.

Newman Catholic Center

472 N. Pleasant St.

Amherst, MA 01002

413.549.0300

newmansecretary@diospringfield.org

Mission Statement: Empowered by the Spirit and inspired by John Henry Newman's motto: "Heart speaks to Heart" we explore, believe and reach out inclusively to make Jesus Christ present to all who share their journey with us.