Sacraments of Reconciliation/Penance

 (why we confess)  




3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


a las 4:30 p.m. (En Español)


Making a Good Confession


The Power of Confession


canstock16232953 confessionOne receives pardon from God for the sins one has committed.

Adults wishing to receive Reconciliation for the first time should sign up for our RCIA program.


Children in our school and Faith Formation program are prepared for this sacrament in second grade prior to receiving First Communion.


For those that have not received the sacrament of reconciliation, please take the time to learn more about this sacrament and to prepare yourself to come the merciful and loving embrace of the Heavenly Father.



Reconciliation Procedure

The outline given below is presented only as an aid to an individual wishing to go to confession. What is most important is that an individual feel free to be honest and open in your own words to God’s forgiveness and love. 

  1. Enter confessional and kneel behind the screen or sit down face-to-face.
  2. Make the sign of the cross.
  3. Say, “Bless me father for I have sinned. This is my first confession,” or “It has been (how long) since my last confession.”
  4. Tell your sins to the priest.
  5. When you are finished sharing your sins say, “ I am sorry for these and all my sins.”
  6. Father will talk to you and give you a penance, a prayer to say or something good to do.
  7. Say your Act of Contrition/Prayer of Sorrow.
  8. Then father gives you “absolution” to take away your sins
  9. Father then says, “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.” You say, “His mercy endures forever.”
  10. Say, “Thank you father” before you leave.
  11. After leaving the confessional, remember to do your penance.  

Act of Contrition

My God, 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.


Celebrating Reconciliation   

confessionWhen he celebrates the sacrament of Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep, of the Good Samaritan who binds up wounds, of the Father who awaits the prodigal son and welcomes him on his return, and of the just and impartial judge whose judgment is both just and merciful. The priest is the sign and the instrument of God’s merciful love for the sinner.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1465)

The Sacrament of Penance is the sacrament of spiritual healing.  Reconciliation involves contrition, confession to a priest, absolution by the priest, and penance.  After making an examination of conscience, the penitent confesses his/her sins to the priest, who is the minister of Christ’s mercy.  The intent of this sacrament is to provide healing for the soul as well as to regain the grace of God, lost by sin.