Penance

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion. It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin. It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction. It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession”—acknowledgment and praise—of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man. It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace.” It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.” He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1422-24)

 

If a Cathedral parishioner is inquiring about their child receiving the sacrament of Penance for the first time, please contact the Parish Office.

The confessionals at the Cathedral are located in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, on the left when you are facing the altar. Face to face and behind the screen options are both available. If you prefer face to face, there is a chair directly ahead as you enter the confessional which sits across from the priest. If you prefer behind the screen, there is a kneeler to the left as soon as you enter the confessional.

Confessions at the Cathedral are heard Monday through Friday: after the 7:00am Mass, 12:00-12:30pm and 4:30-5:00pm and on Saturday: 12Noon-3:00pm. The confessions following the 7:00am Mass are NOT for a set time, only until the last person in line has been heard. The other times, there is a priest in the confessional for those set times.

Please be respectful of these times. And remember, the Cathedral offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation three times a day, Monday through Friday and for three hours every Saturday.