Sacrament of Penance

“Repent and Believe in the Gospel”

Confession / Reconciliation

Reconciliation, otherwise known as Confession, is a simple process that involves seeking absolution from a priest for one’s sins.

Reconciliation available every Saturday in the church from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

If you are unable to make it during that time you are welcome to contact the parish office at 818-242-2579 to arrange to have your confession heard by a priest.

In addition to these weekly times we will have two communal penance services during the year, one during Advent and the other during Lent. These will be advertised in advance through the bulletin and parish website.

What is Reconciliation?

The Sacrament of Penance frees us from sinful patterns of behavior and calls us to complete conversion to Christ. Reconciliation heals our sins and repairs our relationships that are wounded by sin.

There are four steps in the Sacrament of Penance:

  1. We feel contrition for our sins and a conversion of heart to change our ways.confession
  2. We confess our sins and human sinfulness to a priest.
  3. We receive and accept forgiveness (absolution) and are absolved of our sins.
  4. We celebrate God’s everlasting love for us and commit to live out a Christian life.

A mature understanding of sin includes reflecting upon our thoughts, actions and omissions as well as examining the patterns of sin that may arise in our lives. Contrition and conversion lead us to seek a forgiveness for our sins so as to repair damaged relationships with God, self, and others. We believe that only ordained priests have the faculty of absolving sins from the authority of the Church in the name of Jesus Christ (CCC1495). Our sins are forgiven by God, through the priest.