Sin is a reality of life. No one is without it. It may be the wrong that we have done, or it maybe the good that we failed to do. Sin damages our relationships – with God, with others, and ourselves. Fortunately, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, one of the two Sacraments of Healing, is available to us. People have come to this sacrament bringing their burdens of sins, and have received the healing forgiveness of our God.
To receive sacramental forgiveness, we must confess our sins to a priest and be absolved. The most difficult step is simply to begin. After that, all you need to do is be perfectly honest. If you are nervous, the easiest thing is to say, "Father, I am very nervous. It has been a long time. Can you help me?" If something has been on your mind for a long time, perhaps something that should have been mentioned in confession years ago, begin with that. If you have done something that is serious and seems unforgivable to you, mention it in confession and know it is forgiven. There is no sin that is unforgivable, and there is very little a priest has not already heard.
At the Newman Centre, there are formal times for Confession Monday to Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. before daily mass. On Saturdays and statutory holidays, confessions are heard from 9:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. before the morning mass. On Sundays, confessions are heard from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. There are also two major Reconciliation services held each year, once in Advent, once in Lent. Please note that confessions are also heard at any time in the Centre, but please do contact Fr. Peter Turrone in advance using the contact form.
NOTE: On Wednesday February 15th, 2017 there will be no confessions before the 12:15 p.m. Mass.
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