Please see below for useful information about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
For those wishing to enrol for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please download and complete the following form, including your email address:
Reconciliation Form 2020 (DOC 507KB)
For information including dates and details for this year's Reconciliation program, please contact the Parish Office.
Reconciliation Penance Programme 2020 (PDF 251.2KB)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
"On the evening of that day, the first day of the week," Jesus showed himself to his apostles. "He breathed on them, and said to them: 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained". (Jn 20:19, 22-23).
The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance or reconciliation. (CCC 1486)
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)
The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are (CCC 1496):
- Reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
- Reconciliation with the Church;
- Remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
- Remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;
- Peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
- An increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.
Individual and integral confession of grave sins followed by absolution remains the only ordinary means of reconciliation with God and with the Church. (CCC 1497)
Five Steps for a Good Confession:
Examine your conscience.
Be sincerely sorry for your sins.
Confess your sins.
Resolve to amend your life.
Do the penance the priest assigns.
In the Reconciliation Room:
When you enter, say:
"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been - (state the length of time) - since my last Reconciliation. These are my sins."
You must confess mortal sins and should confess any venial sins.
When you have finished telling your sins, you should say: "For these sins and all my sins I am truly sorry."
The priest gives advice, assigns your penance, and asks you to say an Act of Contrition.
Wait and listen as the priest gives the Absolution.
Perform the penance assigned by the priest.
An Act of Contrition
O my God, I am sorry that I have sinned against you, because you are so good, and with your help I will not sin again.
Prayer Before Confession
O Lord, grant me light to see myself as You see me and the grace to be truly sorry for my sins. O Mary, help me to make a good confession.
Examination of Conscience
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
Love of God
- Have I loved God above all else, or have I allowed other things: money, popularity, image or success to motivate me and have primary place in my heart?
- Have I been faithful in my commitment to daily prayer and reading Scripture or religious magazines to nourish my relationship with God?
- Am I growing in understanding my faith?
- Do I keep Sunday holy?
- Have I attended Mass faithfully and reverently?
- Have I rested from my usual work?
- Have I shown disrespect for God’s name by using it in anger or frustration?
- Do I look upon God’s church and His laws with respect and gratitude?
Love of Neighbour
- Do I hold anger, resentment, or hatred toward anyone?
- Is there anyone of whom I need to ask forgiveness?
- Is there anyone I need to forgive?
- Have I yielded to anger and spoken hurtful or damaging words towards others ?
- Do I envy the lives of others or their material possessions or talents?
- Have I taken what is not rightfully mine? Have I cheated on my income taxes, or stolen anything? Do I need to make restitution?
- Have I cheated or lied? Have I sought to protect my reputation at the expense of others?
- Do I gossip? Have I spread false rumours about others?
- Do I need to repent of any sins against purity? Have I tried to control my thoughts or given in to fantasies or lust? Have I treated others as objects and not persons valued by God?
- Do I love the poor and do what I can to help, even if it means sacrifice on my part?
- Do I treat all I meet with the respect and dignity of a child of God?
- What is my attitude to parents, teachers, employers, and all legitimate authority?
- Have I shown appropriate honour and respect?
- Is your own conscience reminding you of other sins in your life against God, your neighbour or yourself?
Reconciliation is available in our church is on Saturday from 8.30am to 10am.
For information including dates and details for this year's Reconciliation programme, please contact the parish office. The Enrolment dates and program will be advertised in the parish bulletin.