• The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance)

    The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others.  Through Reconciliation, the faithful obtain pardon from the mercy of God for the offenses committed against Him and are reconciled with the Church, which they have wounded by their sins.

    Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  
    (Matthew 16: 19)

    Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.  (John 20: 23)

  • Parish Guidelines

    Penance, also known as Confession and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, is available at various times, and also by appointment.


  • What the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about Reconciliation

    "Those who approach the sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) 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."  (CCC 1422)

    Christ has willed that in her prayer and life and action his whole Church should be the sign and instrument of the forgiveness and reconciliation that he acquired for us at the price of his blood. But he entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution to the apostolic ministry which he charged with the "ministry of reconciliation." The apostle is sent out "on behalf of Christ" with "God making his appeal" through him and pleading: "Be reconciled to God."  (CCC 1442)

    Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as "the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace."  (CCC 1446)