Sacrament of Reconciliation

Through the sacraments of Christian initiation, man receives the new life of Christ. Now we carry this life ‘in earthen vessels,’ and it remains ‘hidden with Christ in God.’ We are still in our ‘earthly tent,’ subject to suffering, illness, and death. This new life as a child of God can be weakened and even lost by sin.” Catechism of the Catholic Church #1420

The Sacrament of Reconciliation has also been called Penance or Confession but the sacrament includes all three aspects. As Catholics, we confess our sins to God through the priest, who acts in the person of Christ. We do penance as a way of saying we are sorry to God. We reconcile our relationships not only with God, but also with others, as well as ourselves.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated inside the church on Saturdays at 3:45 pm until the start of the 4:30 pm Mass. Arrangements for the sacrament can be made outside this time by calling the Parish Office at 313.885.8855.

Group or communal Reconciliation prayer services are typically offered during Advent and Lent at either St. Paul on the Lake or at another parish within the vicariate. A communal service includes a joint examination of conscience and Act of Contrition followed by individual confession.

Examination of Conscience