SACRAMENT OF PENANCE / CONFESSION

CONFESSION DURING COVID-19

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturday afternoon between 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm.  Due to concerns over COVID-19, we are not able to utilize the confessionals and therefore are not able to offer the sacrament anonymously.  Confessions will be heard in the main church outside the "Cry Rooms" on the steps.  Confessions must end at approximately 4:00 PM so the celebrant has adequate time to prepare for the Saturday Vigil Mass. 

 


 

About the Sacrament of Penance

The first and most common is private, individual Confession.  This is the most commonly used form of penance service, and most of us are familiar with it.

The second type of penance service is usually called General Absolution.  This is very rare, and to be used only in extraordinary circumstances when the bishop authorizes it or practical needs require its use.  General Absolution is given only when the number of penitents is large, and the danger of death is great, or a large number of penitents cannot wait for private individual confession because of unusual circumstances such as natural disasters, wartime conditions, and other calamities.  When general absolution is given, the penitents are given absolution as a group without confessing their sins to a priest, with the understanding that they will go to individual confession at the earliest opportunity.

The third type of penance service is usually called a Communal Penance Service.  Many parishes, including St. Thérèse of Carmel, hold communal penance services during Advent and Lent.  This is a form of sacramental confession and mixes public prayer and individual confession of sins to a priest, followed by absolution.