Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

John 20:21-23

Through Penance (Reconciliation) we receive God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness requires being sorry for our sins. In Penance we receive Jesus’ healing grace through absolution by the priest. The signs of this sacrament are our confession of sins and the words of absolution.



Confessions are currently heard every Saturday by the scheduled presiding priest from 4:15pm – 4:45pm. Confessions may also be made by appointment by contacting Fr. John.




Regular opportunities for confession at St. Christopher:

  • FRI (after 9am Mass) Confessions will be heard after the 9am Mass with the scheduled presiding priest.
  • SAT (3:30pm) 1hr Confessions before Mass with the scheduled presiding priest.
  • PRIVATE CONFESSIONS may be scheduled by contacting either of our priests via their office phone number.



What Is Sin?
Any deliberate offense, in thought, word or deed, against the will of God.
What is Penance?
An attitude of the heart in which one experiences regret for past sin and commits
to a change in behavior or attitude.
What is Absolution?
An essential part of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in which the priest pardons
the sins of the person confessing in the name of God and the Church.
What is Grace?
The free gift of God’s loving and active presence in the universe and in our life.

Examination of Conscience:

An Examination of Conscience is a prayerful reflection on and assessment of one’s own words, attitudes, and actions in light of the Gospel of Jesus. Below is a link to a guide that can help you process through the variety of ways sin is prevalent in our lives.

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 avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.


first reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is typically first received by youth in the second grade.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16