I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.
— Luke 15:7
Also known as Confession, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is Christ's gift for the Church to bring forgiveness and freedom to all her children who return to the Father of mercy from slavery to sin.
Regular confession hours are from 3:30 to 4:30 PM Saturdays.
Appointments are available by texting or calling 424.262.1447 or Contacting Us.
The confessionals are located inside the church along the main walls with priests' names on the doors.
Examination of Conscience
Penitents may examine their conscience reflecting on...
- Their relationship with God
- Their relationships with others
- Their own self care and duty
- Their relationship with the environment
The Ten Commandments as a Guide
- You shall worship and love the Lord your God.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
- You shall keep Sunday holy.
- You shall honor your parents.
- You shall not kill.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness.
- You shall not covet your neighbor's spouse.
- You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
Seven Virtues vs. Vices
- Charity >< Greed
- Chastity >< Lust
- Diligence >< Sloth
- Humility >< Pride
- Kindness >< Envy
- Patience >< Wrath
- Temperance >< Gluttony
On entering the confessional, greet the confessor letting him know of your presence if he has not welcomed you. Then proceed with the sign of the cross and the following or similar words.
- Bless me father for I have sinned.
- It's been ... since my last confession.
- These are my sins...
The priest acknowledges the confession and gives some instruction and penance.
Accept the penance, or let the priest know if you have questions about it, and make an act of contrition below or a statement of similar purpose.
- My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart, in choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend with your grace to do penance and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for us, have mercy.
The priest gives Absolution and sends the penitent go in peace living the good news of salvation giving thanks and praise to God.
Respond and say:
- Thanks be to God!