Penance

The Sacrament of Penance (also called Reconciliation, Forgiveness, Confession, and Conversion) is one of two sacraments of healing.  The Sacrament of Penance exists for the conversion of those who, after baptism, separate themselves from Christ by sin.  Essential to this sacrament are acts both by the sinner (examination of conscience, contrition with a determination not to sin again, confession to a priest, and performance of some act to repair the damage caused by sin) and by the priest (determination of the act of reparation to be performed and absolution).  Serious sins (mortal sins) should be confessed at least once a year and always before receiving Holy Communion, while confession of venial sins also is recommended.  The priest is bound under the severest penalties to maintain the "seal of confession", absolute secrecy about any sins revealed to him in confession.

Confessions are held on Saturdays from 3:00-3:30 p.m. in the Church and by appointment.