The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession and Penance, is one of the sacraments of the Catholic Church instituted by the Risen Lord. It was in the evening on Easter Sunday Jesus appeared to his disciples and empowered them with the Holy Spirit and made them His representatives on earth and to be the channels of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Today, the power to forgive sins is an essential part of the power of the priesthood conferred on the ordained ministers of the Catholic Church, and this sacrament remains as a continued redemptive work of God bringing people back to him.
It is the teaching of the Catholic Church as well as our belief that we receive innumerable benefits and blessings when we go to confession. We know, as human beings, we break the relationship with our creator through deliberate acts of disobedience to Him. Therefore, it is important that we go to confession and restore the sanctifying grace to our soul which we had wilfully cast away.
The church provides the faithful ample opportunities to go to confession and to put things right with God and to know that they have been forgiven.
The sacrament is available at St Patrick’s each Saturday at 4.45pm.