Dale Sieverding, Director of Worship, On the Holy Father's words:
On Friday, March 20 at the Morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said: "I know many of you will want to go to confession before Easter, but ask where can I find a priest if I can't leave the house. Do what the catechisms says, "speak to God, He is your father, and say, "Lord, I did this, and this, and this, pardon me."
Then the Pope continued: "Ask God for pardon with all your heart, do an act of contrition, then promise Him that you will go to confession as soon as the situation allows. DO this and right away you will return to God's grace."
What the Pope is saying has been church teaching for centuries: If we have sinned, we are to make an act of Contrition, i.e. ask God for forgiveness. The essence of the Pope's message for the Church going through this time of severe suffering is that Our God is a God of Mercy. Certainly, if one has committed serious sin, Mortal Sin, confession should be sought out when this moment passes. However, the Pope in his book, God of Mercy, shows that our All Merciful God, wants us to return to him and waits for us. That is the teaching -- the God of Love forgives us and embraces us.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Confession, allows us to confess our sins, receive absolution and be reconciled with the Church.
Reconciliation must be received before First Communion (Eucharist). Children and youth receive two years of instruction before receiving Reconciliation in 2nd grade. Classes are also available for children and youth who are above 2nd grade. Adults would participate in our RCIA program.
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Saturdays
Please note: confessions will be heard outside, providing for the health and safety of both penitent and confessor, in complete privacy.