The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also known as Confession or Penance. Confession is a movement towards God after one has sinned. The first step towards reconciliation is to acknowledge our sins with true sorrow in our hearts and intention to turn towards the right path.
Before Confessing, one must be truly sorry for their sins. One must clearly reject the sin committed and be resolute never to commit again out of true love for God. This does not mean that one must adamantly reject sin, only that we must try to have the strength to reject temptation.
During confession, one must begin with the sign of the cross, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. My last confession was (weeks, months, years) ago.” Following your Confession, conclude by saying, “I am sorry for this and all of the sins in my past life.” The Priest will then assign you a penance.
Act of Contrition:
“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins, because I dreaded the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.”
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Friday and Saturday between 6:00 pm and 6:45 pm at Holy Family. Outside of these times contact the Parish Office at (310) 834-6333.