(Penance or Confession)
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 possibility 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."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1446
"The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God's grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship." Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament. For those who receive the sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, reconciliation "is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation." Indeed the sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true "spiritual resurrection," restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1468
It is always important to make a thorough and humble examination of conscience prior to receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Here are some good examinations of conscience that can help you and your children make a good and honest confession:
Examination of Conscience for Adults
Examination of Conscience for Teenagers
Examination of Conscience for Younger Children
Saturday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
in the Church
or by appointment