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Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

If you haven't gone to confession in a while, Lent is the perfect time to reconcile yourself with God and the Church. Most parishes have communal penance services with prayers and Scripture readings, followed by the opportunity for individual confession (a necessity for absolution of mortal sins). Or you can also make a private appointment with a priest.

Preparation for confession should include an examination of conscience, which means you think back on sins you have committed since your last confession.

What happens during confession depends on the priest and the person. Most people still start with the formula: "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been (state the number of months or years) since my last confession."

If you can't remember the words or you don't recall how long it's been, don't worry. Just tell the priest it's been a long time, and he will guide you through the process.

What you will experience is the healing gift of God's love, the chance to start over with a clean conscience, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude. -- website

Wednesday, during Holy Hour 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Talks:

  • Lesson 31: Sin:
  • Lesson 32: Sin and Penance
  • Lesson 33: Penance

For more talks by Archbishop Sheen click here.

Examination of Conscience (printable)

St. Athanasius (Holy Repentance)

St. John of Damascus (Holy Repentance)

St. Robert Bellarmine (Holy Repentance)

St. Francis de Sales (Holy Repentance)

St. Ephrem (Holy Repentance)

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Holy Repentance)

St. Catherine of Siena (Holy Repentance)

St. Ambrose (Holy Repentance)

St. Alphonsus de Liguori (Holy Repentance)

St. Birgitta of Sweden (Holy Repentance)

St. John the Baptist (Holy Repentance)

St. Louis Marie de Montfort (Holy Repentance)

St. John Eudes (Holy Repentance)