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Saint Paul University Catholic Center


Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I myself act in your soul.

Jesus, Speaking to St. Faustina, Diary

How to go to Confession

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 and Reconciliation.

Only God forgives sins. Since he is the Son of God, Jesus says of himself, “The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” and exercises this divine power: “Your sins are forgiven.” Further, by virtue of his divine authority he gives this power to men to exercise in his name (see John 20:23.)

– Catechism of the Catholic Church #1440-1441

St. Paul’s is committed to make sure that you have access to this powerful sacrament frequently and easily. Confessions are heard starting 45 minutes before every Sunday Mass at St. Paul’s. So, if Mass is at say 6:00 pm, there will be a priest in the confessional starting at 5:15 pm. For Daily Mass, confession starts 30 minutes before Mass. Remember, the priest also has to say Mass at the scheduled time so he will have to leave the confessional about 5 minutes before Mass is supposed to start – so get there early!

Most of the time people come into the chapel from State St. and come up to the chapel through the double doors. The confessionals are found on the same wall of the chapel as the main entrance, on either side of the double doors. There are lights above the confessionals; GREEN means ‘go in’ and RED means ‘stop, someone is already in there.’ On one side, you may say confession face to face; on the other there will be a screen separating you from the priest.

If you are not sure how to go to Confession, follow this link and you will find a helpful guide.