Confessions: Every Saturday morning after the 8:00 AM Mass at the church.
Or at the office ( by appointment only) 951-325-7707
Are all of our sins past, present and future forgiven once and for all when we become Christians? Not according to the Bible or the early Church Fathers. Scripture nowhere states that our future sins are forgiven; instead, it teaches us to pray and “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. (Matt. 6:12). The means by which God forgives sins after baptism is confession: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Minor or venial sins can be confessed directly to God, but for grave or mortal sins, which crush the spiritual life out of the soul, God has instituted a different means for obtaining forgiveness—the sacrament known popularly as confession, penance, or reconciliation.
Haven’t been to confession in a while? - According to Father Mike Schmitz
Sometimes people are concerned because they don’t know what to say. I always tell them that the priest went to school for this…he knows how it is supposed to go if you get a little lost. But honestly, the most important thing in going to Confession when you haven’t been for a while is: just go. I can’t tell you how many people walk in and say something like, “I haven’t been to Confession since second grade…” So we talk and I’ll walk them through it.
But if you are still a little nervous, here are some steps:
- Step One: Get a good examination of conscience (see attached document)
- Step Two: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be honest with yourself as you read through the Examination of Conscience.
- Step Three: Find out when and where the next available Confession is held.
- Step Four (optional): Write down what you want to confess. It is helpful if you have figured out what the sin is “called” and include the estimated number of times you committed that particular sin.
- Step Five: Show up at Confession location during Confession time.
- Step Six: Walk in, let the priest know what you’re up to (You can say, “Bless me, Father. It’s been _________ long since my last Confession. Here are my sins…”. Or, if you get all deer-in-the-headlights and totally forget, just say something like, “I totally blanked. How do I start?” Or, if you have no idea what to do, just say that: “Would you be able to help me through this?” All of those are totally legit ways to do it.)
- Step Seven: Listen to the priest and don’t be upset if his advice isn’t the most profound thing you’ve ever heard. (He will give you something to “do”. We call it a “penance” and it is supposed to help you take your next steps forward after the Confession is over.)
- Step Eight: Leave the “Confession space” and do your penance and be joyful! After all, you’re sins are gone! -According to Father Mike Schmitz
Download our examination of conscience sheet.
Reconciliation Sacrament for Children
Our Elementary Faith Formation program typically does Reconciliation Preparation in 2nd grade. The curriculum we are using is the Blessed- First Reconciliation program from Dynamic Catholic. The children are required to attend weekly Faith Formation and parents will attend a meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5-6pm.
Contact Jennifer Heffernan for more information.