St. Paul VI Parish
Ascension Church, Blessed Sacrament Church
Our Lady of Mt Carmel, St. Rita
About the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy. Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."
Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ's dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy.
--From the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
2nd and 4th Saturdays each month at 3:00 pm
Blessed Sacrament Campus
Also available by appointment by calling (203) 288-1652.
Resources for Preparing for the Sacrament
Preparation and How to Go to Confession (English) | (Spanish)
Different Examinations of Conscience (English)
Examination of Conscience (Spanish)