The Sacrament of Confession, or Reconciliation, effects the absolution of sin, and was instituted by Christ on the day He rose from the dead. When Jesus appeared to the Apostles, “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’” (Jn 20:22-23). By this act, the Risen Christ gave his Apostles and all ordained priests the authority to forgive sins in his name.
All persons are free to confess their sins to God directly, but the Sacrament of Confession was given to the Church so that we can have certainty that our sins are forgiven when we hear the priest speak the words of absolution in the name of Christ.
Catholics should prepare for confession by making a sincere and careful examination of conscience. Frequent examination of conscience and frequent confession lead to growth in virtue and holiness of life.
St. Julie Billiart Parish offers many times for Confession, and both Father David Pignato and Father Steven Booth are available to hear your confession by appointment if you are unable to come at the established times. At present, our confession times are listed on our Home Page.