In confession, we can confess our sins and be forgiven through the priest, who acts in the person of Christ.
If you have been away from the Church for some time, returning to confession can be a powerful experience of God’s mercy.
Simply put, confession is about receiving God’s forgiveness and mercy for the mistakes that we have made in life.
It is a powerful way in which God’s grace meets our human condition.
The forgiveness of sins by confession has long been a part of Christianity and it can be found in the Bible when Jesus gives His disciples the authority to forgive sins.
‘He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” John 20: 22-23
All Catholic churches will offer confession as it is one of the seven sacraments of the Church.
To find confession near you, simply search for your local Catholic churches and find their confession times (they will often be alongside Mass times).
Only members of the Catholic church who have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation can have their confession heard, but if you are a non-Catholic you can still seek the counsel of your local priest.
Want to explore your questions in a group setting? It’s Good to Talk are group sharing sessions designed for faith-related questions.
Want to connect with a Catholic counsellor or support service? We can help.
We know that returning to church can be complicated.
If you would like to talk to someone about this, we have created spaces where you can reconnect with your faith and the Church.