The Sacrament of Reconciliation

"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 20:22-23)

Nothing brings greater comfort than coming to the Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Confession or Penance. Whether it has been one week or 50+ years since your last confession, please make yourself available to the sacrament.

Confession Times: Every Saturday in the Church from 4:00-4:45PM

If the scheduled times do not work for you, please call the rectory at 301.349.2045 to make an appointment.

Watch the beautiful videos  below for a refresher about going to Confession. For a beautiful and comprehensive reflection on the Sacrament of Confession, please see our parish document called Forgiven.  It is useful for both adults as well as children.

First Penance

First Penance is a wonderful experience of the love and forgiveness of our Lord and prepares the children to receive Jesus.  Here at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, arrangements to prepare for this sacrament are made through our School of Religion as part of a two year program.  First Reconciliation is held in May of 2nd Grade.  For youth older than 2nd Grade and adults seeking to receive their First Holy Communion, please contact the parish office at 301.349.2045.

The Saints on Confession

"In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You." 

Saint Augustine (d. 430 AD)

"You can fly to heaven on the wings of Confession and Communion." St. John Bosco (d. 1888)

"A Catholic may sin and sin as badly as anyone else. But no true Catholic ever denies he is a sinner. A Catholic wants his sins forgiven -- not excused or sublimated." Servant of God Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

How do I go to Confession?

Why go to a Priest?