"On the evening of that day, the first day of the week," Jesus showed himself to his apostles. "He breathed on them, and said to them: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained'" (Jn 20:19, 22-23).

“The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God's grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship. Reconciliation with God is thus the purpose and effect of this sacrament. For those who receive the sacrament of Penance with contrite heart and religious disposition, reconciliation ‘is usually followed by peace and serenity of conscience with strong spiritual consolation’. Indeed the sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true ‘spiritual resurrection,’ restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God” (CCC1468). “Conversion touches the past and the future and is nourished by hope in God's mercy” (CCC 1490).

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday from 3:45-4:45 P.M. at Holy Cross (in the Reconciliation Room in Church) or by appointment. Please also see the bulletin for details on parish penances during Advent and Lent, and other opportunities for confession.

Act of Contrition

Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. And I detest all my sins because of the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all Lord, because they have offended you who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace to sin no more, to avoid whatever leads me to sin, and to do penance. Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died for us, in His name my God have mercy. Amen.

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