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Reconciliation (Confession & Penance)

“On the evening of that first day of the week... [Jesus] breathed on [the Apostles] and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.'"

- John 20:19, 22-23

What is Reconciliation?

The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular Sacrament often called the Sacrament of conversion, confession, penance, or reconciliation. To return to communion with God after having lost it through sin is a process born of the grace of God who is rich in mercy and solicitous for the salvation of men. One must ask for this precious gift for oneself and for others.


The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:

  • Reconciliation with God, by which the penitent recovers grace.

  • Reconciliation with the Church.

  • Remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins.

  • Remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin.

  • Peace and serenity of conscience, along with spiritual consolation.

  • An increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle. 

When Can You Receive This Sacrament at St. George

  • Saturdays, 2:30pm - 3:30pm in the Main Sanctuary

  • By appointment with Father Stephen (

  • During Community Penance Services and personal reception of the Sacrament during the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent. (These Penance Services are published in advance in the parish bulletin.)

For more information contact the Church Office at 770-251-5353.

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