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Confession times are typically 1/2 hour before Mass on weekends. Other times by appointment. Please contact the parish office with further questions.

Children preparing for their First Confession should enroll in the Church of Our Lady Catechesis program offered on Wednesday evenings during the school year.

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Sacrament of Confession

"On the evening of that day, the first day of the week," Jesus showed himself to his apostles. "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"' (Jn 20:19, 22-23).

The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance, or reconciliation.

The sinner wounds God's honor and love, his own human dignity as a man called to be a son of God, and the spiritual well-being of the Church, of which each Christian ought to be a living stone.

To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world.

To return to communion with God after having lost it through sin is a process born of the grace of God who is rich in mercy and solicitous for the salvation of men. One must ask for this precious gift for oneself and for others.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 21:24

Examination of Conscience

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Prayer before making an Examination of Conscience

Father in Heaven, I come into your presence as a sinner. But I sincerely seek your forgiveness, because I know that by my sinfulness I have failed in my responsibilities to you and my neighbor.

I ask the special help of you, Oh Holy Spirit, to enlighten me as I attempt to recall to mind my sins. Bestow your gifts upon me, so I can fearlessly identify the sins of which I am guilty. But do not allow me to lose hope. Enable me to turn my life completely over to you so I can receive the strength to remain faithful to you, because that is truly what I desire to do.

Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
  • Do I give God time every day in prayer?
  • Is He truly the priority in my life?
  • Do I turn to God in good times and bad, and in times of temptation?
  • Do I listen to God with an open heart, and am I ready to accept the inner conversion to which He invites me?
  • Do I try to surrender myself to God’s Word as taught by the Church?
  • Have I received Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin?
  • Have I been involved with superstition, astrology or the occult?
  • Have I been ashamed of my faith in the presence of others?
  • Have I associated with people or frequented places that endangered my faith?
  • Have I used available means of learning more about my faith, either privately or in groups?
Last Updated on Friday, 14 January 2011 18:49

How to make a Confession

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How to Make a Confession

Begin your confession with the sign of the cross.

"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was _________.  These
are my sins:"

Then you tell your sins. All mortal sins must be confessed in order to make a good confession. Venial sins may be confessed, and it is a very beneficial to do so.
When you have finished, add:

"I am sorry for these sins and for any sins I may have forgotten."

The priest then may give you some words of advise and he gives you a penance.  Doing the penance will diminish the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven. Then you say your act of contrition.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art so good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.  Amen.

The priest gives the absolution, the sacramental forgiveness of the Church through him. Listen to the words and as you listen you may make the sign of the cross with the priest. If he closes by saying, "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good," answer,

"For His mercy endures forever."

Before leaving, say to the priest:

"Thank you, Father."

After Confession give thanks to God for forgiving you again. If you recall some serious sin you forgot to tell, rest assured that it has been forgiven with the others, but be sure to confess it in your next Confession. Do your assigned Penance. Resolve to return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation often. Catholics are fortunate to have the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is the ordinary way for us to have our sins forgiven. This sacrament is a powerful help to get rid of our weaknesses, grow in holiness, and lead a balanced and virtuous life.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 January 2011 16:22

Mortal and Venial Sins

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“Sins are rightly evaluated according to their gravity. The distinction between mortal and venial sin, already evident in Scripture (1 Jn 16-17), became part of the apostolic tradition of the Church. It is corroborated by human experience.”

“Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart” of the sinner and necessitates a new initiative of God’s mercy and a conversion of heart which is normally accomplished within the setting of the sacrament of Reconciliation.

“For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met”:

  • Grave matter is specified by divine law (Ten Commandments) and the ultimate end of man.
  • “Full knowledge [is] knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God’s law.”
  • “Complete consent [is] a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice.”

“....Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin.”

“Unintentional ignorance can diminish or even remove the imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man. The promptings of feelings and passions can diminish the voluntary and free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders, Sin committed through malice, by deliberate choice of evil is the gravest.”

“One commits venial sin when, in a less serious matter, he does not observe the standard prescribed by the moral law, or when he disobeys the moral law in a grave matter, but without full knowledge or without complete consent.” “Venial sin allows charity to subsist, even though it offends and wounds it.”

See CCC: 1854-1860, 1874

Last Updated on Friday, 14 January 2011 21:18

Capital Sins and Opposed Virtues

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The capital sins can be classified according to the virtues they oppose. They are referred to as ‘capital’ because they bring about other sins, other vices.

Capital Sins

Opposed Virtues












Brotherly love

















See CCC: 1866 and 2540

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 21:26

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