After His Resurrection, Jesus said to the Twelve, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (Jn 20:21-23). Jesus’ divine power to absolve sins and to reconcile a penitent with His Church has, thus, been invested in the bishops of the Church and the priests in union with them (CCC 1461-62).
“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion” (CCC 1422).
Normally, this Sacrament (which is called either Penance, Confession, or Reconciliation) is received for the first time after two years of preparation in the parish. For additional information on preparation for First Reconciliation, see the CFP Information Sheet.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is essential for a soul promptly after becoming aware of mortal sin, and regular Confession is very important for spiritual growth. “Indeed the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit” (CCC 1458).
Confessions are heard at St. Catherine every Saturday from 4:00 to 4:50 pm, and at other times by simply making an appointment with the Parish Priest.