Penance - How to apply for a Confession

 

Confessions are usually scheduled in our parish every Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Priests are available at that time at the two confessionals beside the main entrance of our church.

You can also call to our parish office and apply for a confession, leaving your name and phone number and your registration number in our parish.  Be please, brief and direct. This appointment is for confession, not for counseling.

About the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

There are four steps in this sacrament:

•    We feel contrition for our sins and a conversion of heart to change our ways.

•    We confess our sins to a priest.

•    We receive and accept forgiveness (absolution) and are absolved of our sins.

•    We celebrate God’s love for us and commit to live out a Christian life.

A mature understanding of sin includes reflecting upon our thoughts, actions and omissions as well as examining the patterns of sin that may arise in our lives. With contrite hearts, we are also called to reflect upon the effects of our sins upon the wider community and how we might participate in sinful systems.

Contrition and conversion lead us to seek a forgiveness for our sins so as to repair damaged relationships with God, self, and others. We believe that only ordained priests have the faculty of absolving sins from the authority of the Church in the name of Jesus Christ (CCC 1495). Our sins are forgiven by God, through the priest.

The Spiritual effects of the Sacraments of Reconciliation include:

•    reconciliation with God, with the Church & with our neighbors

•    peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual strength for our Christian life (CCC 1496)

Individual confession with a priest is the principal means of absolution and reconciliation of grave sins within the Church. Reconciliation heals our sins and repairs our relationships.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Sacrament in which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven. It results in reconciliation with God and the Church. (US Catholic Catechism for Adults, Glossary)
 

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