The Sacrament of Penance I Reconciliation I Confession
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also called Penance & Confession. Reconciliation denotes the effect of the sacrament: reconciliation with God and the brotherhood of Christians. Penance describes the steps the sinner takes when receiving the sacrament: personal conversion, heartfelt penance, and satisfaction. Confession indicates how the sins are made known to the confessor before they are forgiven.
The Authority to Forgive Sins
On the evening of the first day Jesus had risen from the dead, Jesus appeared to his Apostles in the Upper Room and said to them, "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Jesus then breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven and whose sins you retain are retained" (John 20:21-23).
Jesus came to forgive sins. This is why the Father sent him. Likewise, Jesus sends his Apostles to continue his own ministry of forgiveness, and by appointing successors, the Apostles extended this ministry to the bishops who succeeded them in office. Today, throughout the historical Catholic Church Jesus established, those with the authority that has been handed down to them are able to forgive sins in the name of Jesus Christ, with his very own authority! (Learn more)
Examination of Conscience
Download and print an Examination of Conscience to read and meditate over before you receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.