Penance, sometimes referred to as Confession or Reconciliation, is the sacrament of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Because of sin and wrong-doing, feelings of shame and embarrassment often interfere with making Confession and receiving absolution. Such feelings are normal human emotions and these don’t have to come between you and Jesus in this important Sacrament. God’s grace and mercy are larger than any sin anyone can commit, no matter how horrible.
The Sacrament of Penance is offered twice weekly at St Mary on Saturdays from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. The Sacrament is also offered on special dates through the year, please see our Calendar. Confessions are made in a private, conversational setting in a room at the back of our sanctuary. A kneeling bench and screen are provided for those who prefer anonymity.
You may also receive the Sacrament by appointment, please contact the Church Office or call 541-757-1988 to make an appointment.
Here are some resources to help you in preparing for Penance:
- Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Confession 101, a video and other resources on Busted Halo
- The Sacrament of Penance, a homily by Fr. Ignacio Llorente