Resources for Individuals

Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance

Welcome. Has it been a while since your last confession? Do you have questions about the Sacrament such as:

Its been so long, I can not remember the words…

I have committed too many sins, the priest will never forgive me...

Now that you've learned a little about the Sacrament of Penance, why not see what the Church teaches about the Eucharist?

Does the Church still teach that we have to go to Confession... 

What's the Sacrament even called? Is it Penance, Reconciliation or Confession…

If you have experienced one of these thoughts you are not alone. 

This website contains resources to help you rediscover the Sacrament of Penance and answer questions about the Church and Church teachings. We invite you to explore this site and contact your local parish.


Pastoral exhortation on the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation


God's Gift of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

El Regalo de Dios del Perdón: Exhortación Pastoral sobre el Sacramento de Penitencia y Reconciliación


Helpful resources for the sacrament of penance


Bulletin Insert: How-To Guide to the Sacrament

Penance: Reconciled to Right Relationship, Called to Heal and Restore I En Espanol

Confession: It Puts You Straight with Everyone

Confession: Celebration of Mercy, not Trial before Prosecution


Examinations of Conscience


Penitential Practices


Prayer in the Life of the Church



Church Teaching