The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Return of the Prodigal Son by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

The Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance

Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them;
and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. [John 20:23]

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession/Penance) is available on:

Saturdays from 3:00-4:00 PM in the Church (Winter Hours)

You may also call the Parish Office at (510) 790-3207 and the Office Staff will connect you with a priest to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church

“The reception of this sacrament ought to be prepared for by an examination of conscience made in the light of the Word of God. The passages best suited to this can be found in the moral catechesis of the Gospels and the apostolic Letters, such as the Sermon on the Mount (MT 5:3-12) and the apostolic teachings [CCC 1454].”

Examinations of Conscience

There are various types of examinations of conscience but regardless of which one you use to prepare yourself for the Sacrament it should be rooted in Scripture; particularly, the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes. See the USCCB website for a few examples of Examinations of Conscience that can help you prepare for the Sacrament.