Confessions

Confessions are held regularly every Saturday at 3:45PM, or by request during the week at the availability of a priest.

The Sacrament of Confession is a beautiful encounter with the Lord's healing, forgivness and peace!

The Sacrament of Penance

    Christ instituted the Sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of His Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion.  It is to them that the Sacrament of Penance offers a new posibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification.  The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as "the second plank of salvation after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace."  Tertullian, De Paenitentia.

     In imparting to His apostles His own power to forgive sins the Lord also gives them the authority to reconcile sinners with the Church.  This ecclesial dimension of their task is expressed most notably in Christ's solemn words to Simon Peter:  "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Mt 16:19, Mt 18:18, 28:16-10.  "The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of the apostles united to its head." Lumen Gentium 22:2.

Necessary for the Forgiveness of Sins

 

1.  CONTRITION.  Contrition is the "sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed,  together with the resolution not to sin again."  Council of Trent (1551).  Imperfect contrition (or "attrition") is sorrow based upon the ugliness of sin, or the fear of loosing heaven or the pains of hell.  Perfect contrition (or "contrition of charity") is sorrow for sins because of a love of God, who is loved before all else.  Either form of contrition is sufficient.

2.  CONFESSION.  All mortal sins of which penitents after a diligent self-examination all conscious must be recounted by them in confession, even if they are most secret and have been committed against the last two precepts of the Decalogue; for these sins sometimes wound the soul more grievously and are more dangerous than those which are committed openly.  All mortal sins must be confessed.  If a grave sin is deliberately concealed, the confession is then invalid and sacrilegious.

3.  SATISFACTION.  Many sins wrong our neighbor.  One must do what is possible in order to repair the harm (e.g., return stolen goods, restore the reputation of someone slandered, pay compensation for injuries.)  Absolution takes away sin, but it does not remedy all the disorders sin has caused.  Being forgiven, the sinner must still recover his full spiritual health by doing something more to make amends for the sin.  This is called "satisfaction"' to "expiate" one's sins.  This satisfaction is also called "penance."  The penance corresponds as far as possible to the gravity and nature of the sins committed.  It can consist of prayer, sacrifices, voluntary self-denial, or works of service or mercy, etc.  One's penance should be fulfilled promptly.