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:
Saturday | 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Daily before Mass (see Mass schedule)
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.
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.