Forgive Us, Lord

Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. (CCC 1440) 


There are four steps in the Sacrament of Penence and Reconciliation:

We feel contrition for our sins and a conversion of heart to change our ways.

We confess our sins and human sinfullness to a priest.                     

We receive and accept forgiveness (absolution) and are absolved of our sins.

We celebrate God's everlasting love and commit to live out a Christian life.                                         

A mature understanding of sin includes reflecting upon our thoughts, actions and omissions as well as examining the patterns of sin that may arise in our lives. With contrite hearts, we are also called to reflect upon the effects of our sins upon the wider community and how we might participate in sinful systems.



Contrition and conversion lead us to seek a forgiveness for our sins so as to repair damaged relationships with God, self, and others. 


The Spiritual effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation include:

Reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace.

Reconciliation with the Church.

Remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins.

Remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin.

Peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation.

An increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle (CCC 1498).


Individual confession with a priest is the principle means of absolution and reconciliation of grave sins within the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation frees us from sinful patterns of behavior and calls us to complete conversion to Christ. Reconciliation heals our sins and repairs our relationships.



St. Jude

Penance and Reconciliation

Saturday - 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment.

Our Lady of Lourdes

Penance and Reconciliation

Anytime by appointment.