How many are the souls, in distress, anxiety or loneliness, whose one need is to find a being to whom they can pour out their feelings unheard by the world? Tell them out they must; they cannot tell them out to those whom they see every hour. They…wish to tell them to one who is strong enough to bear them, yet not too strong to despise them; they wish to tell them to one who can at once advise and can sympathize with them; they wish to relieve themselves of a load, to gain solace…If there is a heavenly idea in the Catholic Church, surely, next after the Blessed Sacrament, Confession is such.
-Blessed John Henry Newman
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An integral part of Milwaukee Catholic life is the availability of Confession. We hope that this information will make it easier to experience such a wonderful Sacrament. This information will be regularly updated, as confession times change, and as the confession times at other parishes are made known.
Thursday 6:00-7:00PM; Saturday: 9:00AM
Church of the Gesu (Lower Church):
Monday – Friday: 11:30AM – 12:05 PM, 4:45 – 5:30PM
Saturday: 3:30 – 4:14PM
Monday – Saturday: 10:15AM; Saturday: 3:45PM; Sunday: 45 minutes before each Mass
Thursday: 6:00 – 7:30PM; Saturday: 4:00PM – 6:00PM; Sunday 9:30AM & 11:30AM
Saturday: 3:30 – 4:00PM
Wednesday – Friday: 4:30 – 5:00PM (in Reconciliation Room in the Day Chapel)
In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.
-Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saturday: 3:00PM; weekdays after 7:00AM Mass
Monday & Tuesday: 3:00PM; Wednesday: 8:00PM
Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 11:30am
Tuesday & Thursday: 7:30AM; Tuesday – Friday: 12:00PM; Tuesday & Wednesday: 6:30PM; Thursday: 6:00PM; Saturday: 400PM; Sunday: 8:15AM & 10:15AM
First Tuesday of the month: 6:15 – 6:45PM; Friday: 2:00 – 5:00; Saturday: 8:45 – 9:15AM
At Saint Patrick site, Saturday: 10:00 – 11:00AM
Saturday: 4:00 – 4:30PM
Saturday: 4:00 – 4:30PM
In the Sacrament of Penance, the simple confession of one’s guilt is presented with confidence in God’s merciful goodness. It is important to do this without falling into scruples, with the spirit of trust proper to the children of God. In this way confession can become an experience of deliverance, in which the weight of the past is removed from us and we feel rejuvenated by the merit of the grace of God, who each time gives back the youthfulness of the heart.
-Pope Benedict XVI
Saturday: 3:30 – 4:00PM
30 minutes before every Mass
First Saturday of the month 4:15 – 4:45PM
First and third Sunday of the month at 3:30PM before the 4:30PM Mass and every third Thursday following the 8:15AM Mass
Saturday: 3:30PM at Holy Rosary Parish
One word best sums it up for us when it comes to confession: liberation. There is an indescribable encounter with authentic freedom that flows from this Sacrament, which makes perfect sense, as the worst form of slavery is the bondage of the soul to sin. Confession is an amazing gift given by Christ to His Church. Make good and frequent use of this Sacrament.
Props to those priests who generously avail themselves to the Milwaukee faithful for this vital Sacrament. You know who you are. Hopefully we’ll soon see others follow your great example. While preparing this rundown, we were pretty disappointed that so many parishes offer such scant times for confession, you know, like 30 minutes a week, or only “by appointment.” There’s no reason why much more time cannot be given to make this Sacrament more accessible.
Pope Francis recently observed, “Open the doors of the Church, and then the people will come in … if you keep the light on in the confessional and are available, then you will see what kind of line there is for confession.”
So, Milwaukee-area priests, please, be available, open up your churches, and turn on that light!
~ Jake, Adam, James
The Catholic religion does not oblige us to reveal our sins indiscriminately to everyone; it allows us to remain hidden from all other men, with one single exception, to whom it bids us reveal our innermost heart and show ourselves for what we are. There is only this one man in the world whom it orders us to disillusion, and it lays on him the obligation of inviolable secrecy, which means that he might as well not possess the knowledge of us that he has. Can anything milder and more charitable be imagined? And yet, such is man’s corruption that he finds even this law harsh, and this is one of the main reasons why a large part of Europe has revolted against the Church.
–Blaise Pascal on Confession, Pensée 978