Like first Communion, first Confession takes place in the parish where the child or adult resides.
Fifteen minutes before every Mass on weekdays or weekends, a priest will receive penitents in the confessional. Please refer to the Mass schedule.
Reconciliation with God and the Church
The persons we receive come for the sacrament of forgiveness. In search of a spirituality they seem to have lost, or with the desire to recover the faith in which they were baptized, they hope for a response to their feelings of confusion. Individual, integral Confession and absolution remain the only ordinary way for the faithful to reconcile themselves with God and the Church. On the evening of Easter, the Lord Jesus showed Himself to His apostles and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (John 20:22–23).
The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of Conversion, Confession, Penance, or Reconciliation.
The sinner wounds God’s honour and love, his own human dignity as a man or woman called to be a son or daughter of God, and the spiritual well-being of the Church, of which each Christian ought to be a living stone.
To return to communion with God after having lost it through sin is a process born of the grace of God, Who is rich in mercy and concerned for the salvation of men. One must ask for this precious gift for oneself and for others.
Examination of conscience
The movement of a return to God, called Conversion and Repentance, entails sorrow for and abhorrence of sins committed, and the firm purpose of sinning no more in the future. The sacrament of Penance (Confession or Reconciliation) is a whole comprising three actions of the penitent and the priest’s absolution. The penitent’s acts are repentance, Confession and the intention to make amends and do works of reparation. Repentance (also called contrition) must be inspired by motives that arise from faith. Anyone who desires to obtain Reconciliation with God and with the Church must confess to a priest all the unconfessed grave sins he remembers after having carefully examined his conscience.
The confessor proposes the performance of certain acts of “satisfaction” or “penance” to be performed by the penitent in order to repair the harm caused by sin and to reestablish habits befitting a disciple of Christ. Only priests who have received the faculty of absolving from the authority of the Church can forgive sins in the name of Christ.
The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:
- Reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace
- Reconciliation with the Church
- Remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins
- Remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin
- Peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation
- An increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle