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Schedule of Confession:
Wednesday: 6 pm to 6:50 pm
Saturday: 8 am to 8:50 am
The Sacrament of Reconciliation brings about a change of heart through God's mercy and forgiveness. Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Penance) is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in His love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offences committed against God. At the same time, sinners reconcile with the Church which is also wounded by our sins.
What Is Required?
Three things are required of a penitent in order to receive the sacrament worthily:
He must be contrite—or, in other words, sorry for his sins.
He must confess those sins fully, in kind and in number.
He must be willing to do penance and make amends for his sins.
While these are the minimum requirements, here are steps to making a better confession.
How to make a confession?
Examine your conscience and reflect on your life, trying to recall all the times you sinned against God since your last confession.
Be truly sorry for your sins.
Make the resolution to avoid committing these sins in the future.
Visit your church during a designated confession time or call your priest to schedule a private confession.
Confess your sins to the priest.
Listen to the priest’s counsel and assigned penance, then say the Act of Contrition.
Suggested questions for the examination of Conscience
Recall your sins. Calmly and honestly ask yourself what you have done with full knowledge and full consent against God and the Church’s commandments.
Do I pray to God every day? Have I thanked God for His gifts to me?
Did I put my faith in danger by reading material that is hostile to Catholic teachings? Have I been involved in non-Catholic sects? Did I engage in superstitious practices, such as palm-reading or fortune-telling?
Did I take the name of God in vain? Did I curse, or take a false oath?
Did I miss Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation through my own fault? Am I attentive at Mass? Did I fast and abstain on the prescribed days?
Did I disobey my parents or lawful superiors in important matters?
Did I hate or quarrel with anyone, or desire revenge? Did I refuse to forgive? Was I disrespectful?
Did I get drunk? Did I take illicit drugs? Did I consent to, recommend, advise, or actively take part in an abortion?
Did I wilfully look at indecent pictures, watch immoral movies, or read immoral books or magazines? Did I engage in impure jokes or conversations? Did I wilfully entertain impure thoughts or commit impure acts, alone or with others? Did I use artificial means to prevent conception?
Did I steal or damage another’s property? Have I been honest in my business relations?
Did I tell lies? Did I sin by gossiping about others? Did I judge others rashly in serious matters?
Have I envied other people?
Did I participate in the practices of the Culture of Death?
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