Sacrament of Reconciliation: COVID-19 Update

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it is not possible to offer confession during this time.

But through an act of Perfect Contrition, you can receive the forgiveness of your sins outside of confession, even mortal sins, provided that you determine yourself to correct your life and make a firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as possible, when it becomes once more available.

This is how you can make one:

  1. In reality or in your mind, kneel at the foot of a crucifix and mentally repeat: “Jesus, my God and my Saviour, in the midst of your agony you remembered me, you suffered for me, you wanted to purify me from my sins”. 
  2. Contrition is ‘perfect’ if you repent of your sins because you love God and you sincerely regret having offended Him and having contributed to Christ’s sufferings on the Cross.
  3. Think of all the things you wish to ask forgiveness for. (If people could suddenly know everything about you, is there anything that makes you feel particularly ashamed?) Ask Jesus to guide you here, if necessary.
  4. Recite, slowly and sincerely, an act of contrition, focusing on the goodness of God and your love for Jesus: “O my God, since you are so good I am sincerely repentant for having sinned against you, and with the help of your grace, I will no longer sin. Amen.

Make a firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as possible.

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  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Monday–Friday: 12.00 pm - 12.30 pm
    Saturday: 11.00 am - 12.15 pm | 5.45 pm - 6.15 pm

* Please note: these times are extended in the days immediately before Christmas and Easter, and may vary in the holiday periods afterwards. Please contact us before making a special journey to the Cathedral for Confession.

The Cathedral has become well known as a place to which many come to receive pardon and peace from God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Cathedral chaplains and other priests who assist with this ministry are available for several hours each day to hear confessions. 

Formula of absolution used in the Latin Church

"God, the Father of mercies, through the death and the resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."