Reconciliation"Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."

-Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422

• The Sacrament of Penance is available at the Cathedral every weekday from 11.15 am till 12.45 pm and on Saturday at 8.30 am – 9.00 am and 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm.

• The Sacrament of Penance is available in the First Rite, that is, within the Reconciliation Room.

• If you require assistance in approaching the Sacrament please speak with a member of the Pastoral Team who will be most happy to review this with you.

• If you wish to arrange another mutually acceptable time between yourself and the priest, please contact the parish office on 8839-8400

About the Sacrament

It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus' call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father5 from whom one has strayed by sin.

It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner's personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.

It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a "confession" - acknowledgment and praise - of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.

It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest's sacramental absolution God grants the penitent "pardon and peace."

It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the live of God who reconciles: "Be reconciled to God." He who lives by God's merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord's call: "Go; first be reconciled to your brother."