Confession times in Our Lady of Victories:
10.35am - 1.30am and 5.30 - 6.25pm
Any time, telephone or email the parish office to make an appointment with one of the Priests. We will be as flexible as possible.
Confession times in the Carmelite Church: (Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St Simon Stock, Kensington)
Monday – Friday
5.35 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
10.30 a.m. – 11.30 am and 3.30 p.m. – 5.30pm
A guide to confession -
What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
Reconciliation (also known as Confession or
Penance) is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ
in His love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness
for offenses committed against God. At the same
time, sinners reconcile with the Church because it
is also wounded by our sins.
Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other
people and God. In Reconciliation, we
acknowledge our sins before God and His Church.
We express our sorrow in a meaningful way,
receive the forgiveness of Christ and His Church,
make reparation for what we have done and
resolve to do better in the future.
The forgiveness of sins involves four parts:
• Contrition: a sincere sorrow for having offended
God, and the most important act of the
penitent. There can be no forgiveness of sin if we
do not have sorrow and a firm resolve not to
repeat our sin.
• Confession: confronting our sins in a profound
way to God by speaking about them —aloud— to
• Penance: an important part of our healing is the
“penance” the priest imposes in reparation for
• Absolution: the priest speaks the words by which
“God, the Father of Mercies” reconciles a sinner
to Himself through the merits of the Cross.
How to Make a Good Confession:
Confession is not difficult, but it does require
We should begin with prayer, placing ourselves in
the presence of God, our loving Father. We seek
healing and forgiveness through repentance and a
resolve to sin no more.
Then we review our lives since our last confession,
searching our thoughts, words and actions for that
which did not conform to God’s command to love
Him and one another through His laws and the
laws of His Church.
This is called an examination of conscience.
To make an examination of conscience:
• Begin with a prayer asking for God’s help.
• Review your life with the help of some
questions, which are based on the 10
Commandments (see next panel).
• Tell God how truly sorry you are for your sins.
• Make a firm resolution not to sin again.