Asking forgiveness and the grace to live a renewed life in Him.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Part Two, Section Two, Chapter Two, Article Four.

The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation

Number. 1422

The USCCB Reconciliation Handout.

God’s Gift of Forgiveness.

First reconciliation

First reconciliation usually takes place during the winter of a child’s 2nd-grade year. Students have to complete their 1st-grade year in order to be eligible for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Students preparing for the first reconciliation will receive this sacrament in February.

If you have questions, please contact Jordan Tippett: jtippett@sjwest.org.

Confession Times

  • Saturday: 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: 6:45 AM, 11:30 AM (Spanish), 5:15 PM

How to go to Confession

Make the sign of the cross and say: “Bless me Father for I have sinned. It has been _____ (days/weeks/months/years) since my last confession and these are my sins.”

  1. The penitent confesses his or hers sins and when finished, says: “For all of my sins I am truly sorry and ask for forgiveness.”
  2. Then the priest will give some counsel and a penance.
  3. Say an Act of Contrition, expressing sorrow for your sins. You can make up your own, or recite one. The priest finishes the confession with the prayer of absolution. When he makes the sign of the cross over you, you should trace the sign of the cross on yourself.
  4. The Act of Contrition: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

Why Confession?