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“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’” -- John 20: 21-23

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as “Penance” or “Confession,” is an experience of God's unconditional forgiveness.  It is offered to free baptized Catholics from sin and also challenges us to have the same kind of forgiveness for those who sin against us. 

When & Where

  • Saturday's: 9 a.m. at Christ King Parish
  • Saturday's: 3 p.m. at Saint Bernard Parish, 1500 Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa
  • Tuesdays: 6 p.m. at Saint Bernard (after 5:30 p.m. Mass) until finished
  • Saturday's: 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Saint Pius X, 2506 Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa
  • Seasonal Penance Services – watch the bulletin or website announcements on the right for details
  • By appointment with one of the parish priests, please call the parish office at 414-258-2604 to make arrangements

NOTE:  The schedule above may change during holiday weekends and the seasons of Christmas and Easter. Please check the bulletin for details.

At Christ King, the celebration of the sacrament generally takes place in the main body of the church in one of the “confessionals”; the doors on the sides of the church. During scheduled times look for an open door and a light. The light is on for you!

If you have not celebrated the sacrament in some time (or never) just come! Share this with the priest and you will be walked through the process. It is very easy...and a profoundly powerful and concrete experience of God’s mercy and love.

About Reconciliation

This Sacrament is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ. It also “liberates” us to be forgivers. Consider the well-known Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned." 

Helpful information to introduce or re-introduce you to the sacrament is available here.


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