Sacrament of Reconciliation

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“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which, by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion” (Catechism, 1422).

Individual confessions are offered every Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the lower church. Facilities are generally available for both anonymous and face-to-face confessions with several priests.

Appointments may be made with any of the parish priests to receive the sacrament at times other than those regularly scheduled.

Communal penance services are held several times during the year, particularly in Advent and Lent. Penance services combine a liturgical celebration (with songs and readings, a homily, and prayers of repentance) with time for individual confessions with a large number of priests. Penance services are announced in the parish bulletin.

Individuals who have been away from the Church for some time may find it helpful to review the manner of receiving this sacrament (“going to confession”) and may have questions about what they need to confess. You may feel free to contact any of the parish priests for help in these matters. Or, you may contact a priest anonymously by calling the archdiocesan toll-free hotline, 1-877-BLESS-ME (1-877-253-7763).