confession at st. john’s


you are forgiven…

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION was instituted by Christ so that sins committed after baptism are forgiven through the priest’s absolution to those who with true sorrow confess their sins and promise to do penance. It is an outward sign, instituted by Christ, that imparts grace to the soul. As an outward sign it comprises the actions of the penitent in presenting himself to the priest and accusing himself of his sins, and the actions of the priest in pronouncing absolution and imposing penance. This whole procedure is usually called, from one of its parts, “confession”. The grace conferred is deliverance from the guilt of sin and, in the case of mortal sin, from its eternal punishment; hence also reconciliation with God. Finally, the confession is made not in the secrecy of the penitent’s heart nor to a layman as friend and advocate, nor to a representative of human authority, but to a duly ordained priest with requisite jurisdiction and with the power of the keys which is the power to forgive sins granted by Christ to His Church.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, Jesus showed himself to his apostles. He breathed on them, and said to them: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
— John 20:19, 22–23

you are reconciled...

We have a number of opportunities (as scheduled or by appointment) to partake of this life-giving sacrament at St. John the Evangelist. A sign to the right of the confessional will indicate if Fr. Robert-Charles or Fr. Sean-Patrick is inside waiting to hear confessions and absolve sins. If it’s been a long time since you’ve been to confession, or if it’s your first time, the priest will guide you through the process. The seal of the confessional is absolute: draw near to God, confess your sins, and experience the salvation that God’s peace brings.

The standard schedule is posted below. Check the home page for special events and the most up-to-date listing.

Sunday: 7.45 am – 9.30 am
Tuesday to Saturday: 15 minutes before and during each Mass
— or by appointment —