Examination of Conscience

Has it been a while since your last confession? Wondering how to prepare the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, prepare yourself with an examination of conscience.  An examination of conscience is a “prayerful self-reflection on our words and deeds in the light of the Gospel to determine how we may have sinned against God.” Here is a quick guide.

When Can I Make a Confession?

Penance is heard on Saturday mornings at Sacred Heart following the 8:00 am mass and at other times by appointment (865.588.0249).

During Advent and Lent, the parish celebrates a communal Rite of Reconciliation, i.e. the Advent Penance Service and the Lenten Penance Service. Sacred Heart also offers All-Day Confessions 9:00 am – 9:00 pm on Ash Wednesday.

First Penance

  • Youth are prepared for First Penance at Sacred Heart Cathedral School and in the Cathedral Kids Religious Education classes prior to making First Communion in second grade.
  • Adults are prepared for First Penance during the Becoming Catholic process and celebrate the sacrament prior to becoming Catholic.