Many of us regret things we have done or failed to do, words we have said or thoughts we have harboured. Sometimes these hidden secrets take on much more importance than they deserve, simply because we keep them bottled up and are unable to speak about them. These shortcomings may eat away at us and are definitely not part of God’s plan.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers the opportunity to express sorrow for things we have done wrong, to heal broken relationships with others and with God, to forgive ourselves and others, and to open up the channels of communication between ourselves and God.
Confession is above all a place of healing, not a place of judgment or punishment. When we make our confession to a priest in the confidentiality of the confessional or reconciliation room, we experience healing and liberation, discovering again and again how much we are loved by God.
At St. Joseph Church, a priest is available on Tuesday’s from 6:30pm to 7pm, on Saturday’s from 3:45–4:15 pm and by appointment. Additionally, communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are celebrated during Advent and Lent.