Sacrament of Penance

The First Rite of Penance is available from 9 to 10 am every Saturday at St Patrick’s Cathedral in James Street.

Appointments can be made with a priest at any other time.


Children and the Sacrament of Penance:

It is a requirement of the Diocese that prior to Confirmation/First Communion children are to be prepared to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance, a sacrament that celebrates our belief that God is full of mercy and forgiveness and that we need this mercy.


Dates for the program are advertised in the parish and school newsletters.  Parents are asked to come to a meeting and as a follow-on from that meeting, to enrol their children in the program.

The Program Dates for 2021 are available here: Penance Program Dates 2021. Any inquiries can be directed to the Parish Office via email: