“I tell you… there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”
Reconciliation is the sacrament of healing in which Catholics celebrate God for forgiving sin and for allowing us to become better united with God and the church. It is also known as the sacrament of penance or confession. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a conversion of heart and transformation from sin. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the renewing of our baptismal dedication and dignity, an opportunity to restore baptismal innocence—an innocence that has been marred by sin.
When and where is Reconciliation available?
Reconciliation is available on Saturdays at 3:30 pm before the 4:30 pm Mass at St. Augustine. Reconciliation is also available by appointment – please contact the parish office. Reconciliation takes place in the confessional at the back of the church.
How do I complete the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
The downloadable guide booklets below are available at the doors of the confessionals; they provide an outline of the steps of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (to be used during Reconciliation) as well as a helpful examination of conscience to help the penitent prepare for Reconciliation.
There are also several useful websites that provide details on the steps of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and advice on how to make a good confession, including:
Where do I find out more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
To read more about Reconciliation in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click here.