The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also known as the Sacrament of Penance or Confession.
In this Sacrament, a person confesses their sins to the priest in a reconciliation room or in a confessional. The priest then gives absolution by making the Sign of the Cross, and saying the words “I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. As the penitent must make restitution for their sins, the priest orders a penance, such as prayer or fasting. It is God, through the priest, who forgives someone’s sins.
It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in God’s presence and honestly acknowledge our sins. It gives us a sense of lightness, freedom, and peace from the burden of sin. The experience also brings a sense of gratitude to our Lord for his compassion and mercy.
Not only does the Sacrament of Penance free us from our sins but it encourages us to be more Christ-like and have compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us.
Reconciliation is available at Cathedral Parish Monday to Friday at 11.30am or after the 9.15am Mass on Saturday.
Adults will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a part of their OCIA programme, children will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before making their First Holy Communion. A sacramental programme is run in preparation for these two special sacraments. Contact us for further information.