Experience the power of Christ’s forgiveness and peace.

The sacrament of Reconciliation imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles.

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church.

When is Reconciliation Celebrated?

The sacrament of Reconciliation is offered weekly on Saturday afternoons from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. In addition, the sacrament can always be arranged by appointment. To schedule Reconciliation, speak with a parish priest.

At certain special times of the year, St. Patrick Parish celebrates a Community Reconciliation service. Check our Special Celebrations calendar to find upcoming opportunities.

How Do I Make a Confession?

If you have not received the sacrament of Reconciliation for an extended period of time, or are new to the experience and need assistance, simply ask the priest. He will happily guide you through each step, from introduction to the Act of Contrition and absolution. Here are six easy steps to guide you through the sacrament:

  1. You may kneel at the screen, out of the vision of the priest, or choose to sit before the priest face-to-face. Begin with the sign of the cross saying, “Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been (elapsed time) since my last confession.”
  2. Say the sins that you remember, beginning with those that are most difficult to confess. A full confession includes all sins that you are consciously aware of. Express your sorrow for your sins.
  3. The priest will speak, addressing some of your sins as well as assigning you penance, a prayer or act that will diminish the consequences of your forgiven sins.
  4. Receive your penance from the priest.
  5. Say a prayer of repentance with a version of the Act of Contrition.
  6. Listen to the words of absolution. Make the sign of the cross with the priest.

After confession, kneel in the church, thanking God for forgiving you with mercy and love. If you realize that you forgot to confess a sin, know that it has been forgiven and confess it in your next confession. If you were given prayers for Penance, reverently say them.

The Act of Contrition

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 help, to do penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

For more information regarding Reconciliation, access the Catechism of the Catholic Church here.