The Sacrament of Penance is one of two sacraments in which the Lord continues his healing ministry. It is a celebration of God’s forgiving love as witnessed by Christ in the Gospels. As Christians, we are called to live a life of ongoing renewal, constantly striving to grow in our ability to love both God and our neighbor in the way that Jesus has taught us to love. When our human selfishness gets the better of us (sin), we need to turn to God with sorrow for our failure to love, and we need to hear God’s words of forgiveness, to know that God always forgives us. That is what happens in the Sacrament of Penance. We are given a fresh start; we become signs of reconciliation and healing for others.
"It is not those that are well who need the doctor, but the sick.
I have come to call not the upright but sinners to repentance."
At times, this sacrament is referred to as the Sacrament of Penance, or the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or as Confession. All three titles refer to the same sacrament and each emphasizes a different aspect of what occurs in the sacrament.
The Sacrament of Penance is celebrated in the Cathedral Community weekly:
Or by appointment
Any Catholic wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance for the first time may call the office to inquire about instruction. For children, please print out and fill out the Family Information Sheet, then mail it or drop it off at the Church Office.