Sacrament of Reconciliation: COVID-19 Update

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our usual times for confession have been suspended.  However, confession may be offered on request so long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed.  A member of clergy will endeavour to be available in church as much as possible, so do approach a priest if you wish make a confession during your visit.

Confessions will take place in the Reconciliation Rooms with the curtains drawn.  Please rest assured that the curtains will be changed and washed regularly to maintain high standards of hygiene.

If you can’t get to Confession because of COVID-19, here is some guidance to help you make a perfect contrition:

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  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
    Monday–Friday: 12.00 pm - 12.30 pm
    Saturday: 11.00 am - 12.15 pm | 5.45 pm - 6.15 pm

* Please note: these times are extended in the days immediately before Christmas and Easter, and may vary in the holiday periods afterwards. Please contact us before making a special journey to the Cathedral for Confession.

The Cathedral has become well known as a place to which many come to receive pardon and peace from God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Cathedral chaplains and other priests who assist with this ministry are available for several hours each day to hear confessions. 

Formula of absolution used in the Latin Church

"God, the Father of mercies, through the death and the resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."