Sometimes this sacrament is called penance or confession. The word “reconciliation” refers to healing the rift between a sinful human being and God (and others in the human community). It comes from the Latin reconciliare — to conciliate or to “restore to friendship.” The word “penance,” which comes from the Latin poenitentia, means “contrition” and “repentance for wrongdoing.”
We also hold Communal Penance services during Lent and Advent, where several priests are available to hear confessions. Times for those are posted in the Bulletin prior to the event happening.