The Sacrament of Penance or Confession, sometimes also called Reconciliation, is the means by which any mortal sins which we have committed since Baptism, are forgiven, and we may return to receiving Holy Communion. It is also a salutary practice for us to go to confession regularly to confess our venial sins and receive the grace of the sacrament.
At St. Mary Magdalen, confessions are heard in the Church after every Mass. The Parish Priest will also be happy to hear confessions on request at other times.
Children are prepared for Confession as part of the first Holy Communion programme.
“Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests – Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession,”
“I say to you, every time we go to confession, God embraces us.”
– Pope Francis, February 19th 2014