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. (CCC 1440)
Christ instituted the sacrament of penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. (CCC 1446)
Catholics are encouraged to frequently receive the Sacrament of Penance in order that they might be well disposed to receive the other sacraments in a state of grace.
The schedule for the Sacrament of Penance at St. Ann’s Parish is as follows: Monday to Friday 20 minutes before Mass; Saturday 10:00 am to 11:00 am; 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm. Please see Mass Times for more details.