Reconciliation

Contact

Fr. Jim Northrop to schedule an appointment
Pastor
425-483-9400 x2647
jimn@saintbrendan.org

Process

In preparation, one can review the information under the Resources section.

The Pastor will meet with individuals in a private area known as the confessional.  This is located at the rear of the church.  As there may be a group of people, you are requested to wait quietly in line.  As one person leaves the confessional, the next person may enter and close the door to begin the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  When finished, the confessional door may be left open for the next person.

If there is a special circumstance where one cannot participate during the allotted times, then request an appointment with the Pastor.

Schedule

  • Saturday: 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM,
    Or,
  • by appointment.

A communal Penance service with individual confession and absolution is usually celebrated once during Advent and Easter.

Background

Confession, penance and reconciliation – all three words refer to the same sacrament offering the gift of God’s mercy and forgiveness.  Not only does the Sacrament of Penance free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us.  We are liberated to be forgivers.  We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church.  The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven.  In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins.  With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). While all the Sacraments bring us an experience of the mercy that comes from Christ’s dying and rising, it is the Sacrament of Reconciliation that is the unique Sacrament of mercy. (USCCB.org)

Resources

Seattle Archdiocese Confession Guide
Confession Brochure
How to prepare for a good confession
Sample examination of conscience
The rite of reconciliation
Act of contrition

Seattle Archdiocese guía para la Confesión
Folleto para la Confesión
Como preparar una buena confesión
Ejemplo de examen de conciencia
El rito de la confesión
Ejemplo de un acto de contrición

USCCB
How-To Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sin and what sins need to be confessed in the Sacrament of Penance?
How often do I need to confess?
What is a mortal sin?
What is a venial sin and what are its consequences?
Should I go to confession if I’m only aware of having committed venial sins?