Why should I go to Confession?
7:45 -8:30 pm (or until all confessions are heard)
4:00 – 5:00 or by appointment
Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other people and God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Penance or Confession) was given to us by Christ to help us reconcile with Christ and his Church when we have committed harm. Through the Sacrament, we acknowledge our sins, express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and his Church, make reparation for what we have done and resolve to do better in the future. During his public life, Jesus both forgave sins and reintegrated sinners into the community. This is the goal of the Sacrament of Confession: to forgive sins and to provide reconciliation with the Church. The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation involves four parts: contrition, confession, penance and absolution.
Contrition: a sincere sorrow for having offended God and the most important act of the penitent. There can be no forgiveness of sin if we do not have sorrow and a firm resolve not to repeat our sin.
Confession: confronting our sins in a profound way to God by speaking about them aloud to a priest.
Penance: an important part of our healing is the “penance” imposed in reparation for our sins.
Absolution: the priest imparts the words which reconcile a sinner to God through the merits of the Cross.
Children and Youth seeking to be prepared for the sacrament of reconciliation should be in the 2nd grade or above, registered in the parish and attending weekly Faith Formation Classes.
See Reconciliation Preparation.
Adults: the church welcomes all that seek to renew their life in the sacrament of the Lord's mercy and love. We warmly welcome the person who has fallen out of the practice of celebrating the sacrament or who has never celebrated the sacrament. See RCIA
Communal penance services held at scheduled times during the year.