Canadian Martyrs/Saint Thomas Aquinas
1725 Oxford Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 3Z7
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (902) 423-3057 | Fax: (902) 484-6944
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Detail from "Il Figlio Prodigo" (The Prodigal Son)
Harmenszoon van Rijn Rembrandt

But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
-1 Corinthians 6:11, NIV
If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.
-John 20:23
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1422

The sacrament of reconciliation is available at the times listed on the home page and by appointment by phoning 423-3057 or .


Who can receive the sacrament of Penance?
Anyone at any time for any sins they wish to be forgiven. You are encouraged to celebrate the sacrament frequently.

Who is required to celebrate the sacrament of penance?
Anyone in a state of mortal sin.

How do I know if I am in a state of mortal sin?
You know you are in a state of mortal sin if:
1. The subject of sin is of "grave matter";
2. It is committed with full knowledge, both of the sin and of the gravity of the offense;
3. it is committed with deliberate and complete consent.

Where can I learn more about the sacrament of Reconciliation?
A course called Catholicism 201. This course teaches more about the sacraments and more about Catholic life in general.

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