(A Sacrament of Healing)
Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the forgiveness of personal sins committed by a baptized person, who receives sacramental absolution when they confess their sins to the Church's minister, a priest. While it is true that Baptism washes away original sin as well as any other sins that a person has committed prior to their baptism, the person still possesses the ability to commit personal sins, either mortal or venial. The sacramental absolution that a penitent receives by confessing their sins to a priest is the absolution of Christ himself, through the priest. Regular reception of Reconciliation enables Catholics to grow in their discipleship with Jesus because it is an integral part of our conversion. The effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are full reconciliation with God through the Church, as well as the restoration of the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love in the soul. Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation represents a spiritual resurrection, whereby we are able to more fully live Jesus' own resurrection from the dead.
Individual confessions are heard every Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment.
Please contact the Religious Education Office (203) 265-6426 for First Reconciliation.