When Christ first appeared to the apostles after His Resurrection, He breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).
Reconciling of man to God is the purpose of Confession – for when we sin, we deprive ourselves of God’s grace and we make it even easier to sin some more. The only way out of this downward spiral is to acknowledge our sins, to repent of them and to ask God’s forgiveness. Then, in the Sacrament of Confession, grace can be restored to our souls and we can once again hope to resist sin. At the same time, we become reconciled with the Church, for it is also wounded by our sins.
Confessions at St Edward’s are on Saturdays after Vigil Mass at 6.30 pm. You can always request confession before or after any weekday Mass also.