The sacrament of Penance is one of two sacraments which heals and saves the baptized person from sin. The other sacrament of healing is the Annointing of the Sick.


The sacrament of Penance is also called the sacrament of Conversion, of Reconciliation, or of Confession.


Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance on Easter Sunday evening when he breathed on the Apostles and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained." (Jn. 20:22-23)


[From Outlines of the Catholic Faith: Teachings, Beliefs, Practices, Prayers, The Leaflet Missal Company, St. Paul, MN, 2011.]

Be not afraid!

The sacrament of reconciliation is available:

Tools to prepare for Confession:

Examination of Conscience | National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

Examination of Conscience | Eternal Word Television Network 
Pope Francis says confession is NOT like going to see a psychiatrist.

Questions about Confession (excerpts from the Baltimore Cathechism)

Word on Fire | iPhone APP and return to Confession



Act of Contrition

            O my God, I am heartily sorry for
            having offended you, and I detest
            all my sins, because of Your just
            punishments, but most of all because
            they offend You, my God, who are
            all-good and deserving of all my love.
            I firmly resolve, with the help of
            Your grace, to sin no more and to
            avoid the near occasion of sin.