Receiving the Sacrament of Penance is one of the greatest consolations any person can have. As human beings we are never perfect. As Christians we are certainly sinners. As
tremendously efficacious the sacrament of penance is, it is certainly not easy to come into a confessional and confess one’s sins with a sincere and contrite heart.
Sadly, there are souls who believe that their sins are unforgivable which is not true according to law of God. On the other end of the extreme, there are other souls who believe that they are so good that they don’t need to go to confession.

The most important truth we have of ourselves is that we are in fact sinners loved by the
Lord Jesus. To know this, all it takes is a few minutes in prayer before a crucifix, preferably in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. As difficult as it is to go to confession, Jesus wants us to come to Him in the sacrament of penance. The first recorded words of our Blessed Lord in Sacred Scripture are believed to be from the Gospel of Mark which He says, This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God has come. Repent and believe in the Gospel.

To repent, to have sorrow for one’s sins, seems to be such a somber, negative attitude. That is far from the truth. To be sorry for one’s sins is a victory in the person and conversion of the human heart towards God. For a sinner to know and confess one’s sins before God in the sacrament of penance is more victorious for the soul than it is to win the lottery.

During this Advent, there are numerous opportunities to go to confession. We have a priest
available for confessions every day after the 9:00 AM Mass Monday-Friday, Saturday’s,
12:30 PM-1:30 PM and Sunday’s 8:15 AM-8:45 AM. During the Advent Mission, the
sacrament of confession will be offered on Dec 22nd and 23rd from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Lastly Christmas Eve, confessions will be offered from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Remember if you are afraid to go, all you have to say is that you’re a friend of the Blessed
Mother to any of the priests of the parish and he will help you to make a good confession.
In Jesus and Mary,