“But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoings.” (1 John 1:9)
The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance, or reconciliation. (CCC, 1486)
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labours for their conversion. (CCC, 1422)
The sacrament of Penance is a whole consisting in three actions of the penitent and the priest’s absolution. The penitent’s acts are repentance, confession or disclosure of sins to the priest, and the intention to make reparation and do works of reparation. (CCC, 1491)
At St Francis Parish, children in grade 2 are instructed in the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and make their first confession midway through their catechetical year. Special instruction can be arranged for a child who is not in grade 2 and would like to receive this sacrament. Please call the office.
Anyone wishing to receive the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation should call the office to make an appointment with Father.
During Advent and Lent, specific times are set aside for confession.