Holy Week prep
Since it’s that time of year, when we are preparing for Holy Week, here are a few thoughts on going to Confession.

Dear Parishioner,

Since it’s that time of year, when we are preparing for Holy Week, here are a few thoughts on going to Confession.

1, Be Focused: what do you want to say, what do you need to say? Remember that the proper name for what ordinarily call Confession is the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because that is what it is about, being reconciled to God. We speak our sins aloud so that we can identify what is keeping us apart from God. We say them aloud because it makes what we have done real, undeniable. Confession is the the means, reconciliation is the end.

2. Be Specific: since confessing sins is always difficult and embarrassing, we easily slip into generalities. I drive too fast, we might say, but that’s not very informative. How about, last Friday carelessly around narrow back streets in north London. Why? Because I was afraid of being late and was a bit lost. If I’m honest though, this happens quite often.  

3. Be Responsible: everything we do is related to what other people do or have done, sooner of later, so there’s always someone else we can blame. But in confession we are concerned with our contribution; you can’t confess someone else’s sins, though it is tempting to try. I could say I was driving too fast because I was a bit lost because my Satnav is poorly designed and difficult to use, which is entirely true, but entirely beside the point. The Satnav isn’t selfish or inconsiderate, I am.

4. Be Trusting: believe and accept that God does in fact forgive when we ask. People often find this difficult, but there’s no point in seeking reconciliation if we don’t fundamentally accept that it is possible for me. Being honest about my sins isn’t a punishment, it’s a way to discovering just how much I am loved. 

Happy Holy Week,

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Parish Confession Times

Reconciliation

Below are the times when the Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered in the Parish. If you have been away from the Sacrament for some time and you’re feeling anxious, just let the priest know and they will guide you. If you would prefer, because you’ve been away, you can arrange to meet with a priest outside of the Parish Confession times. Just fill in the form below and we will be in touch.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in the Church at the following times:

Thursday

Saturday

Saturday

7:45 – 8:15 PM

10:00 – 11:00 AM

4:00 – 5:00 PM