What is Reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession. Whereas "Confession" stresses the action of the believer in the sacrament, "Reconciliation" stresses the action of God, who uses the sacrament to reconcile us to Himself by restoring sanctifying grace in our souls.
Since Vatican II, the Sacrament of Confession has been called the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Every Catholic is required to receive the sacrament at least once each year.
Individuals are encouraged to contact a priest for an appointment if there is a need to discuss troubling or difficult situations.