The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy. Not only does it free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis, “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” Catholic Catechism for Adults

Thursday, December 15, 2022, 7:00 pm

Saint Gregory the Great will host our Annual Advent Penance Service on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 pm. This is an excellent time for spiritual preparation as we anticipate the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord at Christmas.

Sin separates us from God and the community of faith. This is an opportunity to be reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, thus restoring full participation in the life of the church. We invite you to ask for God’s forgiveness and to offer forgiveness to those who have hurt you.

Up to a dozen priests will be available confession and penance.  Please join us!


Contact:  Parish Office • 858-653-3540 •

Why Do We Confess?



  • Very Rev. Nicholas Clavin, St. Gregory the Great
  • Rev. Richard Duncanson, Retired
  • Rev. Michael Froidurot, St. Gabriel
  • Msgr. Michael Gallagher, St. Gregory the Great
  • Rev. Niranjan Kanmury, San Rafael
  • Rev. Ignatius Kipchirchir, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • Rev. Victor Maristela, St. Michaels
  • Rev. Jerry O’Donnell, Retired
  • Rev. Jim Poulsen, Retired
  • Rev. Jim Rafferty, St. Gregory the Great
  • Rev. Manuel Gutierrez, St. Mary’s Escondido


***Confessors are subject to change without notice. Please contact the parish office for questions.

Reconciliation Prayers

Examination of Conscience

•   Have I loved God above all things?
•   Has my speech been worthy?
•   Have I attended Mass on Sundays and Holy Days?
•   Have I respected my parents, superiors, and those around me?
•   Have I harmed with my words or my actions?
•   Have I kept myself clean, pure, and been faithful to my vows?
•   Have I cheated or stolen?
•   Have I spoken uncharitably about others or gossiped?
•   Have I weakened my vows with my obsession with another?
•   Have I been jealous of the things others have?

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned, my last Confession was ______ ago. These are my sins: (Confess sins here)

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you who I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy