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Sacrament of Reconciliation


On the evening of that first day of the week. . .Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them. .., “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” John 20:19, 21-23.

Reconciliation (or Confession) is the sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in His love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offenses committed against God. At the same time, sinners reconcile with the Church, because it also is wounded by our sins. We know this sacrament by various names: the Sacrament of Penance, Confession, or Reconciliation. Christ instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Easter Sunday night when He appeared to His apostles. Breathing on them, he said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.” (Jn 20:22-23).


Only validly ordained priests can administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Effects of the Sacrament

  • We are reconciled with God and restored to grace.

  • We are reconciled with the Church.

  • We receive remission of eternal punishment incurred by mortal sin.

  • We receive remission, at least in part of temporal punishment resulting from sin.

  • We receive peace and serenity of conscience and spiritual consolation.

  • There is an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.


Matter and Form of the Sacrament consists of:

  • Three actions of the penitent (person making a confession):
    • Contrition (sorrow for sin)
    • Confession of sins to a priest
    •  Satisfaction (penance performed)
  •  The priest’s Prayer of Absolution, “I absolve you from your sins….”


Children of St. Joseph Parish are catechized and prepared for their First Confession in First and Second Grade and receive the Sacrament for the first time in Second Grade. Parents of children who have not received the necessary catechesis or who are just entering the Church should contact the Director of Religious Education to make arrangements for catechesis and reception of the Sacrament of Confession for the first time.


The weekly confession schedule is Saturday from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Daily Mass Chapel or by appointment. Special penance services are held during the seasons of Advent and Lent and times are posted in the Church bulletin.


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