Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance)

Saturdays:  3:30 – 4:15 p.m. in the Church, or by appointment.

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a direct encounter with Christ’s mercy.  It is also an opportunity to take stock of our spiritual and moral lives as we seek to grow as disciples of the Lord.

Scheduled regularly throughout the year, the sacrament is also available at special times during Advent and Lent, including a diocesan Night of Confession.   These special occasions emphasize the penitential nature of a liturgical season but also afford the community to gather in prayer out of care and support for one another.

Some folks inquire how often one should go to confession?  The need for each individual varies, but it is encouraged that we participate in Reconciliation at least once a year.  With sin of a grave nature, a Catholic is encouraged to go as often as needed, especially in preparation for the reception of Holy Communion.

Whether one frequents this awesome sacrament on a regular basis, or it’s been some time since encountering Christ’s gift of mercy, each penitent is received with great joy.

Check out www.catholic.org for helpful reflections on the power of Reconciliation and the other sacraments.  You may also be interested in the article “Why Do Catholics Confess Their Sins to a Priest Instead of Directly to God?” (https://aleteia.org/2015/04/26/why-do-catholics-confess-their-sins-to-a-priest-instead-of-directly-to-god/ )