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St Mary's Church Brighton Reconciliation Confession


Reconciliation (Confession) at St Mary's

What is Reconciliation?

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great gift to the Church, instituted by Jesus when he said to his apostles, "whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven (John20:23).

The Sacrament of Reconciliation has an important role to play in the life of the faithful. In the case of grave sin, it is the Sacrament that restores us to communion with God and the Church, and to again receiving Holy Communion.

When our sins are venial the Sacrament has a valuable role in helping us to respond to the call to holiness and faithfulness.
In this sacrament people are forgiven their sins by the words and actions of the priest. We call this ‘Absolution’. The priest represents God and the community who is affected by sin and the priest ministers forgiveness on behalf of God and the community.


When can I attend Confession?

Our parish has three regular times for Confessions:

Weekdays (Tuesday to Thursday) 9.30am to 10am
Friday during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (9.15am to 9.45am)
and on Saturday from 9.15am to 10am and 5.30pm to 6pm.

But if those times are not suitable for one reason or another, another time can easily be arranged with the parish priest, for your convenience.
Should we commit grave sin then Catholics are bound faithfully to confess their sins at least within the year, though many will want to do so much sooner.

Twice a year (in Advent and in Lent) we have a Service of Reconciliation when the Sacrament is celebrated in a community setting.

If you have any questions about Confession, or about arranging alternate times with our Parish priest, please get in touch with us by phone or email. Thank you.

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