Living a full life requires us to examine our actions, words, beliefs and ideas. Examining our life is part of living our faith. We need to evaluate our thoughts, words and omissions, and recognize sin. This is what we do in an “examination of conscience”.
Such an examination should be done regularly, and is a necessary step before going to Confession. It may take some time, and initially feel awkward, but it helps us to encounter the reality of our lives, and to come to a fuller appreciation of what we have done wrong and of where we failed to do good. It leads us to a deeper contrition about our sins and to a more profound gratitude for God’s mercy.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation we encounter Christ. Christ never tires of forgiving us. We can experience his immense love and mercy for us when we confess and he forgives our sins.
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation comes from the Paschal Mystery i.e. for the fact that Jesus died and rose again for us.
After his resurrection, Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to his apostles and entrusted to them and their successors the power to forgive sins in his name.
If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven.
If you retain people's sins, they are retained.
It takes courage to acknowledge our sins and walk into a confessional. Christ will give you the strength you need to face your sins and is waiting with open arms to meet you in the confessional.
Going to Confession strengthens your relationship with Christ and with the Church. You should try to make monthly Confession part of living your faith. At a minimum, Catholics are expected to go to Confession once a year.
For practical steps and suggestions, you can download one of our Confession guidebooks (paper copies are available for pickup at St George’s Church).
We offer the following six guides:
- How to go to Confession: A Guide for Juniors
- Confession for Teens: A Guide for Young People of Secondary School Age
- Cast Your Cares Upon the Lord: The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Single People
- The Two Shall Become One: Confession for Married People
- Celebration Reconciliation: Resource for Going to Confession
- The Sacrament of Confession: A Guide for Adults
There are guides suited to each age and/or situation in life. All guides contain a model examination of conscience; some offer additional information about how to prepare for Confession, what to say in the confessional and what to do after Confession. These guides will get you ready to feel the power of Christ’s love and mercy.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a Sacrament of healing
When I go to Confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul,
to heal my heart and to be healed of some wrongdoing. - Pope Francis.
Confession is scheduled:
Monday – Saturday 8:45 – 8:55 am
Saturday 4:00-4:45 pm
Please notify the rectory if you require time to confess outside these scheduled times.