Reconciliation / Penance / Confession

Penance, also known as confession and reconciliation, is one of the sacraments of healing in the Church. It is a sacrament of healing because it reconciles us with God through his merciful love and forgiveness of our sin.

Receiving This Sacrament

Reconciliation is offered regulary every Saturday (except Holy Saturday) from 3-4pm. We suggest that you arrive early for Saturday afternoon as often times, people come at the last minute and the wait can actually be longer. Beyond regular times, additional times are offered in Advent and Lent or even by appointment with one of the priests, please call the parish office to arrange for one. See below for resources on preparing.

Insights & References

The sacrament encompasses four parts: contrition, confession, satisfaction or penance, and absolution. Contrition means that we are sorry for our sins, and we intend to try to do better. Confession is the act of stating our sins to a priest. This is always required with mortal or serious sins, but is also a good and pious practice with venial or less serious sins. Satisfaction or penance consists of prayers or particular actions the priest assigns to us to show our sorrow, and to make some amends for our actions. And finally absolution - the words Jesus Christ speaks to us, through the priest - freeing us from our sins.

Jesus set up this sacrament as a way to heal sin and human weakness. He told the apostles: Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” — John 20:21-23
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.” — CCC #1422

Preparing to Celebrate Reconciliation