Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciliation during COVID-19

The Season of Lent holds a special place in our spiritual lives as a time to reconcile ourselves with God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important part of that. With the onset of COVID-19, different measures will need to be taken to offer the Sacrament to the Faithful, while respecting the needs of social distancing.  Campus Ministry invites the UP campus community to reach out for the Sacrament, as appropriate. Feel free to contact Fr. Jim or Fr. Tim to talk about your situation and how we can arrange to have a confession heard. If you are unable to receive the Sacrament at this time, Pope Francis has reminded us that we can nevertheless make an Act of Contrition, admitting our sins, and promising to go to Reconciliation as feasible. While not a replacement for the Sacrament, it does show, when sincerely prayed, that one is of penitent heart and mind. 

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.

I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.

Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

About the Sacrament of Reconciliation

God invites all people to confess their sins and find forgiveness. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, sometimes referred to as simply “confession,” offers God’s healing and forgiveness for all personal wrongdoing. It is a source of peace and comfort in a world that values us based on what we do rather than who we are.

All those receiving this sacrament spend time reflecting on the ways in which they have missed the mark according to their consciences. Then they speak their sins to a priest, who offers them absolution of their sins in the name of Jesus, who demonstrated this forgiveness to many throughout his life on Earth. Afterward, they may spend time with an assigned prayer or activity, known as “penance,” in order to reinforce and assist them in fully receiving God’s offered grace.

All baptized Catholics are encouraged to receive Reconciliation frequently. The Priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross at UP offer this sacrament in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. 

Penitents may confess from behind a screen or face-to-face in our Reconciliation Room. Those who have not been to Reconciliation in a while or who are nervous are especially welcome. The priest will gently guide anyone through the process who needs a little bit (or a lot) of reminding.

Those who are not Catholic but would like to receive wise counsel or to experience a listening ear are welcome to come to the Reconciliation Room as well and talk with a priest. 

Our priests are also open to making appointments outside of regularly scheduled times. To make an appointment, contact Campus Ministry at ministry@up.edu or 503.943.7131.

Want to learn more? The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a brief guide to confession and an examination of conscience.