The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

“[Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” – John 20:21-23

The sacrament is called the sacrament of Penance, the sacrament of Reconciliation, the sacrament of Forgiveness, the sacrament of Confession, and the sacrament of Conversion.

The Sacrament of Penance is an opportunity to fully experience the forgiveness of God. Christ has entrusted the ministry of Reconciliation to his apostles, to the bishops who are their successors and to the priests who are the collaborators of the bishops. In the confessional the priest represents, both God and the Church. His role is to reunite us with our Father and our church family. Every confessor, without any exception and under very severe penalties, is bound to maintain “the sacramental seal” which means absolute secrecy about the sins revealed to him in confession.

Baptized Catholics who have reached the age of reason are bound to confess his or her mortal sins at least once a year and always before receiving Holy Communion. Although not obligated, the confession of venial sins is strongly recommended, because it helps us to form a correct conscience and to fight against evil tendencies. It allows us to be healed by Christ and to progress in the life of the Spirit.

How to Receive the Sacrament:
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in the Church every Saturday from 3:30-4:30 P.M.
  • You may also call and make an appointment with one of our priests: 714-892-4489.
First Reconcilliation for Children

Baptized children ages 7 through 17 are prepared for their First Reconciliation as a part of their preparation for First Holy Communion through the Office of Faith Formation.

First Reconcilliation for Adults

Adults who have been baptized are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation through our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) program. More information can be obtained here.

How to Help

Leaders are needed to assist with preparing children for their First Reconciliation and their First Holy Communion as Catechists (Teachers), Classroom Assistants, Retreat Assistants, and more. Leaders are also needed to assist Adults in preparation of the Sacraments. To volunteer, contact the Office of Faith Formation at 714-897-2142.