Reconciliation

Weekly Reconciliation Schedule

Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30 & 7:00 - 7:30 PM
or call the parish office for a private appointment.

The Spiritual effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation include:

  • reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace
  • reconciliation with the Church
  • remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins
  • remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin
  • peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation
  • an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle (CCC 1496)

Individual confession with a priest is the principal means of absolution and reconciliation of grave sins within the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation frees us from sinful patterns of behavior and calls us to complete conversion to Christ. Reconciliation heals our sins and repairs our relationships.

How to Make a Good Confession

Take the time to make an Examination of Conscience before entering the confessional. A mature understanding of sin includes reflecting upon our thoughts, actions and omissions as well as examining the patterns of sin that may arise in our lives. With contrite hearts, we are also called to reflect upon the effects of our sins upon the wider community and how we might participate in sinful systems.

Begin by saying:

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.
It has been ______________ (days, weeks, months, years) since my last confession.


Then you tell your sins. All mortal sins must be confessed in order to make a good confession. When you have finished, add:

For these and all the sins that I can't remember, and all the sins of my past life I ask pardon of God and penance and absolution of you, Father.

The priest may then give you some words of advice. After the priest gives you a penance, you say the Act of Contrition.

Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell but most of all because they offend you, my God, who art so good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen

The priest will give you absolution. He may finish by saying, "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good." Your response would be:

His mercy endures for ever.

If you have been given a prayer as your penance, it is recommended to make your penance in the Chapel or Church. You my also add a prayer for the priest at this time.