What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)?

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique, beautiful and ultimately victorious aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Reconciliation, so that we can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.

When and where are confessions heard?

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated after the 9:30am Mass at the Cathedral on Saturday mornings. As a penitent, you have the absolute right to anonymity, so a screen is in place to help put you at ease. You can also sit face-to-face with the priest if you wish.

Should I Feel a Little Nervous?

Don't worry. The priest is not there to judge you or question you.

If you haven’t been to Confession in a while, the Catholic Church wants to welcome you back and invites you to participate in this beautiful sacrament of healing.

Take a step in faith. You’ll be surprised about how free you feel after taking part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many Catholics describe incredible feelings of peace, joy, relief, and love they never expected. Jesus is calling you to experience His mercy. Nothing more.

Guilt from the sins we commit can make us feel all mixed up inside and cause us to lose our peace and joy.

Every time we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God strengthens our will and our self-control.

We become more resolute in following God’s will.

It must also be said that whatever is discussed within the seal of Confession is in the absolute strictest confidence between you and the Priest.  The priest can never tell anyone anything he has heard during the celebration of this sacrament.

How do I prepare to celebrate Reconciliation?

It helps if you use an examination of conscience to help you call to mind which sins you may have committed. There's a link to one here. 

If you haven't been in a while, don't panic! Just let the priest know and he will guide you through.