Confession (Reconciliation) Schedule at St. Nicholas:
New Confession times due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Beginning Friday April 3rd Father Deziel will be available to hear confessions Wednesday and Thursday 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 9:30 am. at the rectory house at St. Nicholas, at the rectory house at St. Nicholas. Come to the east door of the rectory on the cemetery side. The penitent will remain standing outside with the screen door shut. There will be a curtain for both privacy and health safety separating the priest and the penitent.
Or anytime as requested, please contact the Parish Office at 952-448-2345 to make individual requests.
Through Reconciliation, Christians are freed from sins committed after Baptism. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is considered the normal way to be absolved from mortal sins which, it is believed, would otherwise condemn a person to Hell.
The Sacrament has four elements, three on the part of the penitent (contrition, confession and satisfaction) and one on the part of the minister of the Sacrament (absolution).
Catholics distinguish between two types of sin: Mortal sins are a grave violation of God's law that turns man away from God. Someone who is aware of having committed mortal sins must repent of having done so, and must confess them in order to benefit from the Sacrament. Venial sins, the kind that "does not set us in direct opposition to the will and friendship of God", can be remitted by contrition and reception of other Sacraments, but they too are rightly and usefully declared in confession.
Previous confession times for reference:
Saturdays 3:30 - 3:50 PM
Sundays: 9:00 - 9:15 AM and 10:15 - 10:30 AM
The Sacrament of Reconciliation as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.