Sacrament of Reconciliation
Main Church Confessionals
8:00 – 8:45 AM and 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Following 9:00 AM Mass
Confession is a very intimate experience. Even in a communal reconciliation service that you might attend during Advent, Lent or a retreat, individual confessions are private.
The Catholic Church maintains, however, that there is also a social aspect to sin. Sin not only affects our relationship with God, sin also alienates us from other people and the Church.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus provides us with a way of being reconciled to God and to those we've hurt, and to be strengthened in our connection to God's entire family. This is more than symbolic; it is spiritual reality expressed through ritual.
If you need assistance with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, here is How To Make A Good Confession Guide.
How to go to confession in 7 easy steps!
1. Prepare yourself in advance by examining your life and how it conforms to the life Jesus calls you to live. (Use one of the "Examination of Conscience" guides to the left.)
2. When entering the confessional, the priest will greet you. You begin by making the Sign of the Cross and stating how long it has been since your last confession.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Forgive me, Father, it has been ____ months since my last confession.
3. Confess your sins to the priest as completely as you can. If you struggle, the priest will help you along. Complete your confession of sins by saying,
I am sorry for these and all my sins.
4. The priest will offer some words of advice and then propose a penance for you to do after confession which you are asked to accept.
5. Then, you will be asked to express your sorrow by saying an "Act of Contrition." You may choose these words or others,
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong
And failing to do good, I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen
-Rite of Penance
6. Then the priest extends his hands over the penitent’s head (or at least his right hand) and says the prayer of absolution which forgives your sins through the power of Jesus Christ.
7. At the conclusion of the Sacrament the priest may invite you to proclaim the praise of God by saying these words of Psalm 118
Priest: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
Penitent: His mercy endures forever.
Priest: The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in peace.
Penitent: Thanks be to God.