The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in St Mary’s Church:
Saturday 10:00 am – 10:30 am, and 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm.
Extra times are scheduled in Lent and Advent.
On the night of his Resurrection, Jesus told his Apostles (whom he had already made the first priests at the Last Supper), ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’ (Jn 20:22-23)
That authority to forgive, in God’s name, the sins of those who repentantly confess them, has been handed down to the bishops and priests of the Catholic Church as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God’s plan is that this is the ordinary way that the sins, in particular the serious sins, of those already baptised are to be forgiven.
Because of the great importance of this Sacrament (since it is necessary for eternal salvation to have all one’s serious sins forgiven, at least by the time of one’s death) priests are ready to hear someone’s confession upon any reasonable request. You can call the Parish Office to make an appointment or just turn up and see if one of the priests is available.