Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.
It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin. It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction. It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgment and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.
It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace.” It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the live of God who reconciles: ‘Be reconciled to God.’ He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.” (CCC 1422-1424)
If you have not been to Confession in a while or do not remember how to go to Confession, this video can help. Also it is helpful to have a good examination of conscience to prepare yourself for confession. Here is a suggested resource for this.
The Sacrament of Confession is offered regularly on Saturdays from 3:00-4:30pm. However, if you are unable to come at this time, please call the parish so that you can arrange a time to receive this Sacrament. Additionally, St. Canice in Nevada City offers the Sacrament at 4:30pm on Saturdays and St. Dominic in Colfax at 4pm on Saturdays.