“[Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.'” John 20:21-23
“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance 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.”
It is called the sacrament of
- conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the
first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin.
- Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.
- confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgment and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.
- forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace.”
- Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the life of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.” He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.”
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available:
Saturdays at 11 am
Sundays 5:30 – 5: 50 pm
First Fridays at 6 pm
Or by appointment