The Sacrament of Reconciliation (formerly called confession) is offered on Saturday afternoons from 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm. The confessional is located in the Church chapel.
Private confessions can be scheduled by contacting the Parish office at 916-381-5200.
St. Paul Catholic Church also schedules two Communal Reconciliation Services each year; one before Christmas and another in preparation for Easter. These services are a wonderful opportunity for your entire family to share in the Church community. Priests fluent in the many languages of our Parish offer reconciliation to all who attend.
If you need to refresh the reconciliation process, please click on the "Confression Refresher" button in the right margin.
The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation in the Catholic Church
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week," Jesus showed himself to his apostles. "He breathed on them and said to them:
'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained'" (John 20:19, 22-23)
The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular Sacrament called the Sacrament of conversion, confession, penance, or reconciliation. To return to communion with God after having lost it through sin is a process born of the grace of God who is rich in mercy and solicitous for the salvation of men. One must ask for this precious gift for oneself and for others.
The spiritual effects of the Sacrament of Penance are:
- reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
- reconciliation with the Church;
- remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
- remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;
- peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
- an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.