Penance or Confession
In this sacrament we are absolved of our sins. There are several forms of this sacrament but the most common is direct confession to a priest. You may see the priest face-to-face or speak through a screen. You may receive the sacrament in church at scheduled times or by appointment with a priest either in church or in the priest’s office.
In the sacrament of Reconciliation we express sorrow for our sins and promise to do our best to not repeat this sin again, we acknowledge our sins before God, we receive pardon (absolution), and we perform an act of penance or reconciliation as directed by the priest. The grace we receive from the reception of the sacrament helps us grow stronger in our faith and our ability to live a Christ-centered life.
Any baptized Catholic may receive this sacrament. There is no limit to the number of times we can be forgiven for our sins! Catholics are encouraged to receive this sacrament at least once a year between the start of Lent and Pentecost. Catholics who have committed serious sin are not to receive the Eucharist until their serious sin has been forgiven in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
For questions about Reconciliation or to schedule an appointment with a priest for the Sacrament, Please Contact the Saint Andrew Church Office.
Why does the Catholic Church require Confession?
Why do I have to confess my sins to a priest? Can’t I go straight to God?
The advantage of confessing our sins to a priest is that it gives us the opportunity not only to acknowledge our sins humbly but to receive advice on how to avoid this sin in the future. Anytime we get “a load off our shoulders” we feel free. What more freedom we experience when not only have we been heard but forgiven as well!
How do I prepare for this Sacrament?
What are mortal and venial sins?
A “mortal” sin is considered a serious and grave offense because the person has purposely and intentionally disregarded the laws of the Church and harmed himself or another person, and by extension, the Church community. Only a priest can forgive these serious offenses.
A “venial” sin is considered a less serious or grave offense. Although we do not need to confess these sins to a priest to receive forgiveness, the Church encourages us to do so to receive absolution from the priest, grace to strengthen our lives, and reconciliation with the community.
Are my sins really forgiven?
Can the priest tell anyone my sins?
Preparation for Reconciliation
Examination of Conscience – Document
Rite of Penance – Document