Confession (or Reconciliation or Penance) is the Sacrament by which, repenting and confessing our sins, we are absolved of sin through the ministry of a priest, who acts in the person of Christ when he pronounces the words "I absolve you from your sins in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".

Why is Confession important?

Confession is important because it is the normal way we can be forgiven serious sins committed after Baptism. Sin damages our relationship with God and with the Church. It is this Sacrament that reconciles us once again with God.

Regular confession is important because it helps us to deal with our sins quickly and to develop a mature conscience. It also gives grace to resist temptation. The act of confessing itself bestows healing and a sense of release from the burden of sin.