The Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to this sacrament as the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. It is one of the two sacraments of healing, the second being the Anointing of the Sick. It is a sacrament which celebrates conversion, change, growth, and, thus, a reconciling with God and with the Christian community, the Church. ‘The follower of Christ who has sinned but who has been moved by the Holy Spirit to come to the sacrament of penance should above all be converted to God with his whole heart. This inner conversion of heart embraces sorrow for sin and the intent to lead a new life. It is expressed through confession made to the Church, due satisfaction, and amendment of life. God grants pardon for sin through the Church, which works by the ministry of priests.’ Introduction to The Rite of Penance ¶6 ‘The Sacrament of Penance is about much more that simply the forgiveness of a person’s sins. It is about God the Father of mercies seeking to draw that person more deeply into the community of love that is the Church, united with Jesus.’

Confession is available in St. Mary Magdalene Church every Saturday from 6.00pm – 6.45pm and by request at other times.