Reconciliation – Confession
"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." - The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Saturday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (except Holy Saturday), or during the week by appointment with a priest. It is recommended that the faithful confess their sins annually at our Advent or Lenten Penance Service.
First Reconciliation (celebrated in the winter, followed by First Communion in the spring) is normally celebrated in Grade 2. Special programs are offered for children in higher grades who need to be prepared for this sacrament.
Scriptural support is found in both Old and New Testaments. In Book of Baruch the people asked the priests to intercede for them, saying: “pray for us also to the Lord, our God, for we have sinned against the Lord” (1:13). See also: Leviticus 19:20-22. Our Lord gave Peter and the other apostles—and the priests they and their successors ordained this power saying, “Whatever you bind on earth (give a penance) shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (forgive as the Lord’s ambassador of mercy) on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16:19; 18:18). “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (Jn 20:23)
How to go to Confession
Examination of Conscience