Published on Jan 9th, 2015 by Parish Office | 0

“Yet even now…
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God,
For he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love”
Joel 2:12-13

Learn more about the Sacrament called Penance, Reconciliation or Confession

St Peter Repentant. Francisco Goya 1823-25.

St Peter Repentant. Francisco Goya 1823-25.



The Sacrament of Confession, Reconciliation, Penance or Conversion is offered at St. Bernadette Parish on a weekly basis on Saturday, from 2:45 to 3:45pm.  It is also offered after several daily masses as detailed in our Calendar, or through appointment with Father Tom.  You can find confession times offered at other Churches in the Archdiocese of Denver using this site.   If you would like to make a new start, need forgiveness and reconciliation, or feel you are being called to return to God, please do not hesitate to take advantage of this great Sacrament!

Why do I need this Sacrament?

“Conversion to Christ, the new birth of Baptism, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Body and Blood of Christ received as food have made us “holy and without blemish,” just as the Church herself, the Bride of Christ, is “holy and without blemish.”  Nevertheless the new life received in Christian initiation has not abolished the frailty and weakness of human nature, nor the inclination to sin that tradition calls concupiscence, which remains in the baptized such that with the help of the grace of Christ they may prove themselves in the struggle of Christian life.  This is the struggle of conversion directed toward holiness and eternal life to which the Lord never ceases to call us.Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1426

Where does this Sacrament come from?

“The Gospels provide numerous examples of Jesus’ mission to forgive sins. While only God can forgive sins, the Church is his instrument of forgiveness on earth. On Pentecost Jesus shared with the Apostles his power to forgive sins: ‘Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.’ (Jn 20:19, 22-23) Today, Priests and Bishops continue this ministry to forgive sins.” –

The Sacrament of Penance is the ordinary way for Catholics to reconcile themselves with God and the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church – 1484) and the confession of sins, penance and reconciliation has been a part of the Christian tradition for thousands of years.

How do I make a good Confession?

There are many resources available on the web to assist you in reconciling your life with God.

Where can I go to learn more about this Sacrament?

 I have confessed my sins and they have been forgiven, now what?

“Many sins wrong our neighbor. One must do what is possible in order to repair the harm (e.g., return stolen goods, restore the reputation of someone slandered, pay compensation for injuries). Simple justice requires as much. But sin also injures and weakens the sinner himself, as well as his relationships with God and neighbor. Absolution takes away sin, but it does not remedy all the disorders sin has caused. Raised up from sin, the sinner must still recover his full spiritual health by doing something more to make amends for the sin: he must “make satisfaction for” or “expiate” his sins. This satisfaction is also called ‘penance’” – learn more at Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1459 and/or consider the words of St. Paul:

“I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians, Chapter 4)

The three traditional ways to express sorrow for sin, grow in faith, overcome temptation, or perform penance are through PrayerFasting, and sacrificial giving called Alms.

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