“Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance or Confession), is the means established by Our Lord for the forgiveness of mortal sins committed after Baptism. In this wonderful Sacrament, the repentant sinner encounters the Divine Mercy of Christ, and is reconciled to His body, the Church.
All Catholics are encouraged to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation often; it offers us the grace we need to grow in holiness.
In our Parish, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on Saturdays after the 10am Mass, and from 5.30-6.00pm. The priests will also gladly hear confessions at other times, on request. Communal Reconciliation services are held during the seasons of Advent and Lent, at which a number of visiting priests are available to hear confessions: for details of these events, consult the newsletter.
If you have not been to Confession for a long time (even for many years), do not be afraid! Christ longs to heal us from our sins, and bring us His peace. Before going to Confession, make a thorough examination of conscience (these are found in most Catholic prayer books, and are available online, e.g. here), and when you get there, ask the priest to guide you.
Our Parish has facilities for face-to-face and anonymous confessions.
To learn more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, listen to this talk.