Through our siins we weaken and even dissolve our relationship with God. Fortunately, Christ, through Hiis death and resurrection, brought about the forgiveness of our sins and instituted the sacrament of Penance within His Church to continually call back those who have strayed even after their first conversion at baptism. Christ entrusted this ministry of reconciliation to the apostles of the Church:
Jesus said to them again,

“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20: 21 through 23).

This sacrament is celebrated through the oral confession of sins to a priest, who then gives absolution and penance to the penitent. Through penance and suffering born for the satisfaction of sin, the Christian “completes what is lacking in Christ’s affliction” (Colossians 1: 24).


  • A member of the Christian faithful is obliged to confess in kind and number all grave sins committed after Baptism and not yet remitted directly through the keys of the Church nor acknowledged in individual confession, of which the person has knowledge after diligent examination of conscience (CIC #988).
  • After having reached the age of discretion, each member of the faithful is obliged to confess faithfully his or her grave sins at least once a year (CIC #989)
  • Penitents must be baptized Christians

In Our Parish:

  • The Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation/Confession is celebrated at St. Dominic communaly during Advent and Lent and individually on Saturdays from 4-5 PM, Tuesdays from 6-7 PM or by appointment.

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