Reconciliation (Penance or Confession)
Wednesdays: 6:45-7:45pm (English)
Saturdays: 2:45-3:45pm (English); 5:30-5:50 (Spanish)
And, we’ll gladly schedule appointments for confession when requested!
What is the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Penance is the means by which God forgives sins after baptism. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). It is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy. Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated from ourselves to be ‘forgivers’ of those who have offended us, and to acknowledge and release our own souls from wrongs committed, things we should have done, and/or things that we could have done with a joyful heart. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”
In the Sacrament of Penance, the Faithful obtain from God His mercy and pardon for having offended Him, and at the same time, Reconciliation with the Church which they also have wounded and by which charity, example, and prayer, they can seek conversion. (Rite of Penance #4).
Also known as Reconciliation or Confession, the sacrament should be received at least once a year, but more often if better for most people. In addition to our regular confession schedule we also celebrate communal Penance Services during the Advent and Lenten seasons.
First Reconciliation for Children
Typically, children receive their First Reconciliation as part of their preparation for partaking of Eucharist for the first time. (See the information on our First Communion page.)
For unusual situations, please contact Lisa, our Faith Formation Director at 727-541-4447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.