It is through the sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) that we experience the abundance of God’s love and mercy for us.
God has shown us that forgiveness is always there for us if we can return to Him in true sorrow. Through this sacrament we are made clean and renewed.
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offence 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 labours for their conversion – Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 1422
Whilst it is often difficult to approach a priest to confess our sins we remember that Our Lord said to His apostles, “Those whose sins you forgive shall be forgiven”, and that we come to receive God’s abounding mercy not because of the merits of His priests but because Jesus Christ works through them as His instruments, granting to all who come before Him, with sorrow for their sins, forgiveness.
It does not matter what the sin is, nor does it matter how long ago it was committed; please approach the sacrament of confession and ask God for His forgiveness for “we all sin and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23)
If we have committed a grave sin we are commanded by Christ and His Church to confess this as soon as possible (Matt 5:23-24), and whenever possible before receiving Holy Communion; so please contact any priest and ask him to hear your confession, you may do this by calling the parish office and asking to speaking to a priest.
All children following the First Holy Communion programme will be also receive their first reconciliation.
If you are an adult who has not received the sacrament of reconciliation for a while – Father Clement welcomes you. He will help you and guide you. God’s love and mercy is wating for you.
Confessions (reconciliation) are available for half an hour before Saturday’s Mass. Fr. Clement is also available outside of these times, do please speak to him to book an appointment.