“The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that the Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work or healing and salvation, even among her own members.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church) Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, (sometimes called “confession” or the “Sacrament of Penance”), we acknowledge our failure to love (sin) and through the ministry of the priest, receive Christ’s forgiving grace.
Sometimes people worry about what to say or how to “confess.” The priest is there to help each person to unburden his or her conscience and experience the infinite mercy and love of Christ. There is no sin so great that it cannot be forgiven. The priest is happy to assist in guiding you through the prayers and in celebrating this Sacrament of God’s love.
In Saint Joseph’s Church, the Chapel of Reconciliation is located to the right, just upon entering the main body of the church. Provision is made so that the person celebrating the sacrament may do so face to face with the priest or maintain complete anonymity.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at 4:00PM every Saturday with the exception of Holy Saturday, the day prior to Easter Sunday. The Sacrament of Reconciliation may also be celebrated at other times upon request.