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The Catholic tradition understands the importance of material elements and tangible actions in Sacramental life: water and oil are used in the Baptism ceremony; in Matrimony, the bride and groom pronounce publicly their vows to one another, etc. Likewise, the Church recognizes the importance of a personal relationship in a Christian’s desire to receive forgiveness for his or her sins.
Meeting a priest to ask for forgiveness of one’s sins allows the Christian to both express sorrow and receive counsel in one’s faith life and desire to live as a follower of Christ. The Church calls this process the Sacrament of Reconciliation (formerly referred to as “confession” or “penance”), since through it the Christian is able to ask, and receive, reconciliation with the always-loving God.
Priests are available in the Reconciliation Chapel in the ssouthwest corner of the church Saturdays from 3:45–4:45 pm and as available or by appointment. Communal Reconciliation Services are held during Advent and Lent.
For a summary of church teaching on Penance and Reconciliation, please click here.
For a list of books and websites to learn more about this sacrament, please click here.