The Sacrament of Reconciliation, sometimes called Confession or Penance, brings us back to grace and life in Christ. While Baptism takes away original sin, the effects of that sin stay with us. As humans we will always be tempted, and we will always sin. Reconciliation calls us to conversion, to turn away from sin and back to God, our Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally. We confess our sins to the Priest, who by the Sacrament of Holy Orders, has been given authority by Jesus Christ to absolve (forgive) our sins in his name. The Sacrament of Reconciliation may be celebrated many, many times throughout our lives, and this is strongly encouraged. Precepts of the Church state Reconciliation should take place at least one time per year, preferably during Lent.
If you find yourself in a state of mortal sin, having knowingly committed a grave sin, Reconciliation is needed before returning to the Lord’s Table in Communion.
Reconciliation is celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul every Saturday from 2:00 until 2:30 pm, prior to the 3:00 Mass. You may also call the office to schedule an appointment with the Pastor. During Lent and Advent you can find Penance Services at nearly every parish in the Archdiocese.