The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Rt Rev Kieran Conry, who is Chair of the Bishops’ Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, explains what is being offered this Lent, and why it is being offered, in support of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

“The sacrament that we call ‘Confession’ is enjoying something of a re-discovery by people. First of all, the emphasis shouldn’t be on the word ‘Confession’ at all, but on the word ‘Reconciliation’, because it’s a way in which the believer experiences the reconciling love of God.”

The resources for this web section have been prepared by the Bishops’ Home Mission Desk.


What's Confession?

Here you can read what the Popes have said about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, read excerpts from Church documents, download a useful presentation for par... Read more



God's mercy is a key part of Confession. In this section we highlight three of Jesus's parables, provide inspiring passages from the Bible and delve into Pop... Read more


The Basics

In this section, we provide the basics on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our material answers some of those frequently asked questions. How often should I... Read more


Video Testimonies

A video channel carrying personal testimonies of Confession and forgiveness. Features a powerful reflection from Margaret Mizen, mother of the murdered Londo...Read more


Downloads and Links

In this section you can download resources on the Sacrament of Confession. We have: posters, postcards, presentations, links and an email signature banner. Read more


The Light is On

The Light is On For You is the name of an international initiative to encourage Catholics to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). It usual...Read more


Bishops’ Pastoral Letters

Several bishops have recently issued Pastoral Letters for Lent to encourage people to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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