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Sacraments > Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Penance is also known by the names of confession and reconciliation. It is during this sacrament that we make friends again or reconcile with God and our neighbour. 

Confession gives us a new beginning in the spiritual life. The more often we go to confession, the more often we renew our struggle and the more quickly we grow in holiness.

Through confession we receive spiritual direction. Many priests offer at least a few words of encouragement, advice, or clarification of conscience relevant to what we have just confessed. It may be only a brief encounter but it can be very helpful in the spiritual life. It is therefore good to go regularly to the same priest, who will get to know us and help us grow in spiritual maturity.
Another very important benefit of confession, one never to be underestimated, is the healing which often accompanies it. People who were weighed down by bitterness, anger, desire for revenge, sadness, grief and even depression- sometimes for years – have found that only after a good confession were they truly healed and interiorly renewed.
From a human point of view, confession helps us to grow in self-knowledge, when we examine our conscience as a preparation for confession, and in humility and sincerity when we confess our sins to the priest.

And finally, as the fruit of all we have mentioned, confession invariably gives great joy and peace, stemming from the knowledge that we have been forgiven and that the burden that was weighing us down has been lifted. Not for nothing did Jesus say, not once but twice, on giving the apostles the power to forgive sins: “Peace be with you.” (Jn 20:19,21) It is the indescribable joy the Prodigal Son experienced on being welcomed home by his father.

For all of these reasons, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is truly one of the greatest treasures of the Church.

The Good Shepherd School runs the prepartion program for their students. For the surrounding public schools, enrolled children are prepared by catechists.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Monday - Saturday after the 8:00 am Mass.
Saturday: 5 - 6 pm.

For further information please contact the Parish Office on 9279 8119.

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