Think of the parable of the prodigal son, in the Gospel of Luke...
The son who had cut himself off from the life of the family was now to be readmitted to the daily family table. He admitted his fault and asked forgiveness. Yet to restore the son's place, a special celebration of reconciliation and homecoming was needed. "Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found" (Luke 15:23-24).
For those Catholics who have cut ourselves off from God and the Church by serious (grave, mortal) sin and now wish to return to God's table, the Church offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation to celebrate their "homecoming." This is the only time when Catholics are required to celebrate the sacrament.
But we celebrate Reconciliation not merely because we have to, but because it is a sacrament—a sign and celebration of God showing forth his mercy "by reconciling the world to himself in Christ and by making peace for all things on earth and in heaven by the blood of Christ on the cross"—as we read in the very first words of the Rite of Penance.
Saturdays from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Church
Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.
First Fridays at 8:45 a.m.
and by appointment, just call the Parish Office.
An Examination of Concience for Kids (English)
An Examination of Concience for Adults (Bilingual)
Another Examination of Concience for Adults (English)
Several different Acts of Contrition from the Rite of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Bilingual)
The Rite of Penance (English) A "How to" guide to celebrate the Sacrament.
El Rito de Penitencia (Español) Una guía para confesarse.
Helps in using the Sacrament of Penance (English).