Confession/Reconciliation

Experience the healing power of God! 

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Confession, allows us to confess our sins, receive absolution and be reconciled with the God. 

Schedule

Individual confession with a priest during Ordinary Time is available at the following times:

Saturday: 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.  & 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.
or by apppointment.  Please call the parish center office at (626) 332-3570 to schedule an appointment. 

Please note that there is no confession scheduled on holidays. During Lent and Advent, please check the calendar/bulletin for additional times and dates including communal celebrations.

Tips for making a Good Confession...



Prepare - Prayerfully recall your sins. Some will be specific actions. Some represent a more general pattern of behavior.

Go to the priest - Come to the Lenten Reconciliation Service or call for an appointment. You may kneel anonymously behind the screen or sit in a chair where you may speak face to face.

Be welcome- You and the priest may greet each other. Make the Sign of the Cross. He may urge you to have confidence in God. You may indicate the interval since your last confession or anything else that will help. Just use common sense. Either you or the priest may read from Scripture.

Confess your sins - Some penitents begin with a formula like "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned." But you don't have to. Let the priest know your sins. You may discuss the sins you confess so the priest can give you the best counsel.

Receive a penance - The priest will recommend some action after you leave to indicate to God the sincerity in your heart. Usually he suggests prayer or self-denial. If it sounds difficult, let him know.

Pray for forgiveness - The priest may invite you to say a prayer of sorrow aloud. If you remember the Act of contrition, you may use it. But you may speak simply from your heart.

Receive absolution - This is the best part. The priest proclaims absolution, and God forgives your sins.

Conclude - The priest may say "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good." If so, answer "His mercy endures forever."

Change! - Go forth and with God's help begin to lvie a new life of freedom from the slavery of sin!

Author: Paul Turner; text copyright 1997 Resource Publications, Inc.

 

This is the Sacrament in which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven. It results in reconciliation with God and the Church. (US Catholic Catechism for Adults, Glossary)