Penance, or the Sacrament of Reconciliation, often called
"Confession", is the sacrament in which Christ forgives us our sins
and reconciles us to God and our fellow Christians.
"Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of
communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the
Church. For this reason conversion entails both God's forgiveness
and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and
accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and
"Only God forgives sins. Since he is the Son of God, Jesus says
of himself, 'The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins'
and exercises this divine power: 'Your sins are forgiven.' Further,
by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to
exercise in his name."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1441-1442
place every Saturday at 9:00 AM.