What is confession?

[Jesus] breathed on them [the Apostles] and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained’” (John 20:22-23).  

God sent His only Son into the world to forgive our sins. Over and over again, Jesus forgave people’s sins telling them: “Your sins are forgiven.” Since he would not always be with the Church visibly, Christ gave this power to other men so the Church, which is the continuation of his presence throughout time (Matt. 28:20), would be able to offer forgiveness to future generations. He gave his power to the apostles, the first priests, and it was a power that could be passed on to their successors and agents.  

Why is Confession Important?

Today, the Sacrament of Confession is a vital part of any Catholic’s experience of faith.  It is a reminder how God’s love and mercy is ever present for us; always waiting for us like the Father of the Lost Son in Luke 15.  By confessing our sins to a priest, we free ourselves of the burden caused by sin while making a resolve to cooperate with grace to amend our lives and live for God alone.  

Benefits of Confession

Every sinner has a future, and every saint has a past!  Our struggle to be free from sin is a lifelong process in which sacramental Confession plays a helpful healing role.  That is why Confession is an essential part of the St. Malachy CLOVER model.

When Can I receive confession?

Anytime! Read below for the different opportunities.


5:00 pm to 6:00 pm / St. Francis Room


9:00 am to 10:00 am / Parish Office

Simply line up in the Narthex (lobby). Penance may be done in the sanctuary (church).

Schedule an Appointment

Cannot make it on Saturday? Want to speak to on of the priests as soon as possible? Schedule a private appointment with him!

Schedule Confession with Father Danda

Schedule Confession with Father Clawson

Fr. Mike Schmitz on Making a Good Confession