Reconciliation is the Sacrament of Forgiveness and it is also known as Confession.
Confession is one of the most beautiful Sacraments we can receive.We are invited by Jesus to avail of the Sacrament as often as we can. There are countless stories in the Bible where we see just how much God loves us and wants us to be close to Him. God is always ready to forgive us. His arms always ready to embrace us, like the Father in the Parable of the Lost Son. He waits for us to come back to Him so he can show us that we are loved, cherished and forgiven.
There are numerous opportunities in the parish here to celebrate the Sacrament. Each Saturday, there are Confessions in the Church from 2-3pm and also before the Vigil Mass each week at 7.30pm. There are also Confessions each First Friday at 7.30pm. During the Year, especially in preparation for Easter and Christmas, we have Communal Celebrations of the Sacrament of Penance in the Church. We have a lovely Prayer Service in which we, as a community, come to receive God’s forgiveness. There are many priests from the parish and surrounding areas to hear individual Confessions during these beautiful ceremonies.
First Penance in the Parish is celebrated during the month of March.
Taken from The Faith Of The Catholic Church a CTS Publication
179. How can we obtain forgiveness for those sins committed after Baptism?
The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is obtained through the Sacrament of Penance. This Sacrament is also called the Sacrament of Conversion, of Confession, and of Reconciliation.
180. When did Jesus speak of this Sacrament?
After his Resurrection, the Lord Jesus showed Himself to His Apostles and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.