The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing where God gives pardon and peace for what has been done in the past and, through his grace, helps us to avoid doing wrong in the future. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven so please do not be afraid to come forward to receive the wonderful gift of this sacrament.

Confession, one part of the sacrament, calls us to discover the struggles that cause sinful acts and present them to God in the presence of the priest. All adult Catholics are encouraged to consider approaching this sacrament at least twice a year especially during Advent and Lent. Although the church teaches that serious matters should be brought before the priest, our lesser sins are healed through the celebration of Mass or with sincere contrition and any good work.

Fr Anthony is available in the church for confessions on Saturdays from 5:15pm - 5:45pm. There may be times when this set, weekly provision is not suitable for your particular need so you can always call the Parish office to arrange a time to meet with Fr Anthony for confession. This may be true if you feel you need more time than usual or if the person requesting the sacrament is housebound, sick or dying.

If you have not been to confession for a while and are concerned about how to proceed or which words to use then please do not worry. Just explain to the priest and he will help and guide you.

A Communal Penance Service, with individual confessions, is regularly scheduled in cooperation with our deanery parishes, during Advent and Lent. Many people find this a helpful way to celebrate the sacrament. Details are made available in the Parish newsletter.

Please call the Parish Office on 01277 353193 and ask for Fr Anthony for all emergencies and special needs.

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