(Also called 'Penance' or 'Confession')
“Those who approach the sacrament of Reconciliation obtain pardon from the mercy of God 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, example and prayer seeks their conversion.” (Vatican II: Dogmatic Constitution of the Church #11)
The sacrament may be celebrated in two ways: anonymously (behind a screen) or face to face. Preparation and personal reflection on one’s life are necessary before going to the sacrament. The faithful are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation often.
Special Parish-wide Reconciliation Services are offered during key liturgical seasons. For dates and times, please consult special schedules posted during these seasons.
Why should I go to Confession? Why do Catholics do Confession this way?
A Guide to help prepare for a Good Confession including an Examination of Conscience and the act of contrition can be found by clicking the link below.