A priest is available to hear your confession Monday – Friday (beginning around 12:40 pm) after the 12:15 pm Mass.
Confession is also available on Saturday after the 9:00 am Mass
(approximately 9:30 am)
Otherwise you may call to make an appointment.
What is confession?
“Confession is meant to be a sincere moment of conversion, an occasion to demonstrate trust in God’s willingness to forgive His children and to help them back on the path of following Jesus. Everyone needs forgiveness for their sins, for the ways we think and act contrary to the Gospel.” – Pope Francis
Pope Francis recommends these key questions to ask yourself as part of making an examination of conscience:
Do I only turn to God when I’m in need?
Do I attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?
Do I begin and end the day with prayer?
Am I embarrassed to show that I am a Christian?
Do I rebel against God’s plan?
Am I envious, hot-tempered, biased?
Am I honest and fair with everyone?
In my marital and family relations, do I uphold morality as taught in the Gospels?
Do I honor and respect my parents?
Have I refused newly conceived life? Have I snuffed out the gift of life? Have I helped do so?
Do I respect the environment?
Am I part worldly and part believer?
Do I overdo it with eating, drinking, smoking and amusements?
Am I overly concerned about my physical well-being, my possessions?
How do I use my time? Am I lazy?
Do I want to be served?
Do I dream of revenge, hold grudges?
Am I meek, humble and a builder of peace?
Guideline for making a good confession:
The penitent should prepare for the celebration of the sacrament by prayer, reading of Scripture, and silent reflection. The penitent should think over and should regret all sins since the last celebration of the sacrament.
The penitent enters the confessional and may choose to kneel at the screen or sit in the chair.
After the welcome of the priest, the penitent makes the sign of the cross saying,
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.
The penitent tells the priest when he/she last celebrated the sacrament and then confesses his/her sins.
The penitent listens to any advice the priest may give and may ask questions.
The penitent expresses sorrow for sins through 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.