On the evening of the first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And when he said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
John 20:19, 22-23
Those who approach the Sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from sins through God’s mercy. In sin, God’s honor and love is wounded; the sinner’s own dignity as a child of God is wounded; and the spiritual well-being of the Church is wounded. The effects of the Sacrament of Penance are reconciliation with God by which the believer receives a forgiving and strengthening grace; reconciliation with the Church; remission of eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins; peace and serenity of conscience; and an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle against evil. In this sacrament of conversion and repentance, the sinner possesses sorrow for sins committed and the firm purpose of sinning no more. The believer is nourished by hope in God’s mercy.
Catechism of the Catholic Church Numbers 1486-1487, 1490, 1496
The Sacrament of Penance consists of the penitent’s repentance (strengthened by an examination of conscience), confession of sins to a priest, the intention to make reparation and do works of reparation. The confessor, the priest, proposes the performance of certain acts of satisfaction or penance to be performed by the penitent in order to repair the harm caused by sin and to re-establish habits befitting a disciple of Christ. The priest gives absolution from sin in the name of Jesus Christ. Believers are encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance often. One must approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation when there is mortal, serious sin to be confessed.
Catechism of the Catholic Church Numbers 1491, 1494-1495
5:30 PM (Vigil)
Wednesday: 7:00 PM
Saturday: 12:30 PM
Communal Penance Services: Advent and Lent
Evening Prayer within Eucharistic Exposition: Sunday 6:30 PM: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter Seasons
Novena of the Miraculous Medal: Monday 7:45 AM
Rosary: Wednesday 6:00 PM
Stations of the Cross: Friday during Lent 7:00 PM
Eucharistic Day: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ