ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

Confession/Reconciliation

Confession is available Monday through Friday from 8:40am - 9:00am, Fridays from 9:30am - 10:20am, and Saturdays from 3:45pm - 4:45pm.

CONDITIONS TO MAKE A GOOD SACRAMENTAL CONFESSION

  1. Contrition (i.e., real sorrow for sin).
  2. A desire to amend one’s life.
  3. Confession of sins.
  4. a) With regard to each and every mortal sin, the penitent must confess number and kind (i.e., what you did and how many times you did it). The priest does not need to hear details (e.g., the family history of why you struggle with hatred toward a brother) but he does need to hear factors that change the severity of the sin (e.g., stealing from a church adds the sin of sacrilege to the sin of theft and changes the severity of the sin). You mustconfess at least all mortal sins since your last good (i.e., not invalid) Confession. 
  5. b) It is also of great benefit to confess venial sins since your last Confession – especially those venial sins which are habitual or which trouble you most. However, there is no requirement to confess all venial sins(as that can be a practical impossibility). 
  6. c) If you have no mortal sins, you must confess venial sins as they would then be part of the necessary matter. 
  7. d) You should never intentionally hide any sin from your confessor.

4, The intention of performing the penance that the priest assigns as penance.

  1. a) One should perform the penance as soon as possible. After exiting the confessional, it is advisable to remain in the Church until the penance has been completed (if that is possible).
  2. b) If a penitent thinks he cannot complete the penance, he should bring that to the attention of the priest before leaving the confessional. If he leaves and simply decides not do to the penance, then the confession will be invalid.
  3. c) If for some reason a penitent unintentionallyforgets to complete his penance, he should confess that in his next confession.