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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 scheduled 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. 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 pews. The confessionals are found on the opposite side of the chapel from State St. You will see the two sets of blue curtains on the far side of the chapel – that’s where you enter to go to Confession. There are lights above the confessionals; GREEN means ‘go in’ and RED means ‘stop, someone is already in there.’

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