As all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (cf. Rom 3:23), we are in need of sacrament that heals us and forgives our sins committed after baptism. This sacrament is called Reconciliation or Penance, and popularly known as “confession.” It’s important for us to face our sinfulness because by sinning we wound God’s love for us, we wound our own human dignity as people called to be children of God, and we wound the spiritual well-being of the Church. This sacrament is the way that we return to communion with God after we’ve damaged or broken that relationship through our sinfulness. In the process of this sacrament we receive God’s mercy and forgiveness—for He loves us more than we can imagine, and He wants us to be one with Him.
A helpful guide to Confessions can be found by clicking on the USCCB Guide to Penance. It includes the Act of Contrition from the Catechism and Examination of Conscience which can be used to prepare for Confession.
The Sacrament of Confession is offered at St. Elizabeth every Wednesday from 11:45 AM–12:00 PM and 5:00 PM–6:00 PM, Thursday from 9:00 AM–9:30 AM, Friday from 9:00 AM–9:30 AM, and every Saturday from 3:00 PM–4:00 PM. Confessions are also available by appointment by calling the parish office.