The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as “Confession” or “Penance”, is about pardon, mercy, and second chances. This is the place where Catholics go when they want to wipe the slate clean and start over again with sinless souls, as they did the day they were baptized.
The Church teaches that Jesus’ “call to conversion,” which begins at baptism, is an ongoing part of the life of individual believers and the Church as a whole. Through confession and penance and renewal, a Catholic with a “contrite heart” can be purified and drawn closer to God and to the Church. (1428) So it’s not enough to go to confession; you have to be truly sorry for what you’ve done, and you have to be truly sorry for what you’ve done, and you have to have every intention of avoiding the sin down the road. Reconciliation is about reforming your life, turning away from sin, expressing sorrow, and vowing to try to live a life with God at its center. This conversion, the Catechism explains, can be further carried out in a Catholic’s daily activities, such as caring for the poor, receiving the Eucharist, going to confession, reading Scripture, giving things up as a means of self-denial, and providing for others through charitable works. (1434-1439)
Priests are available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays
from 3-4pm in English and from 6-6:30pm in Spanish.