Why should I go to Confession?
Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other people and God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Penance or Confession) was given to us by Christ to help us reconcile with Christ and his Church when we have committed harm. Through the Sacrament, we acknowledge our sins, express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and his Church, make reparation for what we have done, and resolve to do better in the future. During his public life, Jesus both forgave sins and reintegrated sinners into the community. This is the goal of the Sacrament of Confession: to forgive sins and to provide reconciliation with the Church. The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation involves four parts: contrition, confession, penance and absolution.
- Contrition: a sincere sorrow for having offended God and the most important act of the penitent. There can be no forgiveness of sin if we do not have sorrow and a firm resolve not to repeat our sin.
- Confession: confronting our sins in a profound way to God by speaking about them —aloud— to a priest.
- Penance: an important part of our healing is the “penance” imposed in reparation for our sins.
- Absolution: the priest imparts the words which reconcile a sinner to God through the merits of the Cross. (USCCB)
Here at St. Joan of Arc, we offer reconciliation on Saturdays, 9-9:45 a.m. You may also make an appointment for confession with one of our priests by calling the parish office at 614.761.0905.