Sacrament of Reconciliation or “Confession” is for our spiritual healing. According to the Gospels, after the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the apostles, breathed on them, and said,
“Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”
That’s why Jesus left this sacrament, to heal our spiritual wounds, which we call sin.
Telling our sins to a Priest in confession isn’t as scary as people think. Most people tell sensitive, delicate and confidential information to their doctor or lawyer, so why not your Priest? The Priest is bound by the most absolute secrecy and confidentiality known to humankind.
When is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, is held from 5pm – 5.30pm on Saturday evenings and upon request. Our Reconciliation room is on the right hand side of the church. During Lent and Advent we have Penance Services and additional reconciliation times are scheduled. Private confession is available by appointment with the Parish Priest.
If you have not received the Sacrament for a long time please do not worry. It may be helpful to refresh yourself on how to receive the Sacrament:
- Examine your conscience by reviewing the Ten Commandments and identifying those that you may have broken. There must be true sorrow for these sins and a resolve not to repeat them.
- Enter the reconciliation room and greet the priest. You can say if you wish: “Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been “so long” since my last confession.
- Confess all serious sins and answer any questions the priest has.
- When you have finished confessing say an Act of Contrition, for example: O my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you, and by the help of your grace I will try not to sin again. Amen.
- The priest will say the prayer of Absolution and give you a penance to do.
- Leave and spend some time in Church in prayer.
You may find the enclosed confession aids useful. Click to download the Confession Aid.