Conversion is first of all a work of the grace of God who makes our hearts return to Him: “Restore us to thyself, O Lord, that we may be restored!” God gives us the strength to begin anew. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1432)
God forgives sins
Only God forgives sins. “The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Mark 2:7). By virtue of his divine authority, Jesus, gives this power to men to exercise in his name. He entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution to the apostolic ministry which he charged with the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18).
Confession to a priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Jesus’ words to Simon Peter, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)
Regular confession of our sins helps us form our conscience, fight temptation, allows Christ to heal us, and progress in the life of the Spirit. Jesus not only forgave sins, but also reintegrated forgiven sinners into the community of the People of God. The confession of sins frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others. As we receive the gift of the Father’s mercy we become more merciful as He is merciful.
The Eucharist is a remedy to free us from our daily faults and to preserve us from mortal sins. Reading of scripture and prayer contributes to our repentance and forgiveness of sin. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1436)
Prior to receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, an Examination of Conscience Guide can assist your preparation. Several examples of examinations can be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website or the Catholic Diocese of Peoria website.
Sacrament of Reconciliation Times
- Thursday: 7:30 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. (after each daily Mass that morning)
- Saturday: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
- First Wednesday of each month from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:30 a.m. (after daily Mass that morning)
- During Lent: 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. each Monday through Thursday (this cancels out the First Wednesday confession time)
- Other times available by appointment with a priest.
Catholics from any parish are welcome. For information about students’ First Reconciliation, please go to the school’s or Parish Faith Formation page or contact the parish office at 309-682-8642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.