Christ instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that we might renew and restore our Baptismal grace and the Life of Christ within us. In the Sacrament of Penance, also called Reconciliation or confession, we meet the Lord, who wants to grant forgiveness and the grace to live a renewed life in Him. The Church sees confession as so important that she requires every Catholic go at least once a year.
The Church also encourages frequent confession in order to grow closer to Christ Jesus and his Body, the Church. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we seek forgiveness and repentance, let go of patterns of sin, grow in the life of virtue, and witness to a joyful conversion.
Confessions are heard Saturday, 8:30AM to 9:30AM in Church. Additionally the Holy Hour evenings on Tuesdays at 7:00PM also provide opportunity for individual confessions. Please see our Holy Hour web page for dates.
“Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment.” Acts 3:19-20a
The means by which God forgives sins after Baptism is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Minor, also called venial sins can be confessed directly to God, but for grave or mortal sins, which crush the spiritual life out of the soul, God has instituted a different means for obtaining forgiveness: the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There are four steps in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and understanding the steps makes it easier to go to confession so we can grow in grace.