“If we go to Confession, it is not to plead for forgiveness from God. It is to thank Him for it … When God forgives our sins, He is not changing His mind about us. He is changing our minds about Him …” (Fr Herbert McCabe OP)
In this sacrament – also known as ‘going to confession’ – we are invited to share the peace and joy that comes with letting go of our sins, hearing that we are forgiven and beginning anew in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
In the Sacrament we confess our sins in the presence of the priest who acts in the name of Christ and the Church. Then the priest pronounces: “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” After this, the priest assigns you a small devotional or practical task for you to complete as a sign of your repentance.
At present it is not possible to hold ‘Confessions’ at the normal times listed below due to the COVID restrictions. Anyone wishing to celebrate the Sacrament is welcome to contact a priest of their choice for a COVID secure private arrangement.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in Holy Name after every weekday Mass. It also is available Monday to Friday 4.45 – 5.15 pm at St Andrew’s, Worswick St; Saturday 11 am – 12 noon & 4.15 – 4.45 pm at St Andrew’s; Saturday 10.30 – 11.30 am at St Mary’s Cathedral, Clayton St West; and on Saturday 10.30 – 11 am & 5.00 – 5.30 pm or on call at St Dominic’s, New Bridge St.
At Holy Name the priest is available at other times by prior appointment.
Lord, never let me feel that any sin of mine is greater than your love. Remind me often that with you I can always begin again.