Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy

The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God's boundless mercy.  Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us.  We are liberated to be forgivers.  We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis:
"It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."

Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church.  The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven.  In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins.  With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ's dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy. 

Source:  www.usccb.org
HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE:
God's Gift of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
El Regalo de Dios del Perdón: Exhortación Pastoral sobre el Sacramento de Penitencia y Reconciliación
Penance: Reconciled to Right Relationship, Called to Heal and Restore
Penitencia: Reconciliados con la relación correcta, llamados a curar y restaurar
Source:  USCCB Communications

CONFESSION / PENANCE SERVICE

Wednesday:
6:30 - 7:00 PM
Before Novena Mass to
Our Mother of Perpetual Help

First Friday of the Month:
7:00 PM

During Adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament

Saturdays:
4:00 to 5:00 PM

Before Vigil Mass

Or at anytime upon request. 
Approach anyone of our priests or
call the Rectory at (973) 779-0643.