The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated weekly on Saturday from 4:00 to 4:30pm or by appointment.
The Church desires “that the baptized who have sinned should acknowledge their sins against God and their neighbor and have heartfelt repentance for them, and it tries to prepare them to celebrate the sacrament of penance.” (Rite of Penance)
Sin harms our relationship with God; serious (mortal) sin has deadly effects on that relationship. Sin not only offends against God, however, it also damages our communion with one another. Thus, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation our relationship with God is renewed or restored, and we are reconciled to one another.
Because of the various realities involved in this sacrament, it goes by various names. Besides being called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is also called the sacrament of conversion, the sacrament of penance, the sacrament of confession, and the sacrament of forgiveness. This variety of names suggests the significance and complexity of the mystery which is expressed and experienced by this sacrament which continues the healing ministry of Jesus.
The prayer of absolution which the priest says expresses the healing which takes place in the sacrament. It also emphasizes what we believe:
- God alone forgives sins
- God reconciles us to himself through Jesus Christ
- The Church carries on this ministry which effects pardon and peace to those who need and desire it
God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace,and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Rite of Penance)