Regretfully, the Lenten Penance Service will be cancelled due to safety concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus).  We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies, as well as adhere to the direction from our own Most Reverend Bishop Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego.  May God bless us all.

Lenten Penance Service

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

Monday     •     March 30, 2020     •     7:00 pm

Saint Gregory the Great will host our Annual Lenten Penance Service.  All are welcome to experience the love and mercy of Christ through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

This service of confession, reconciliation and penance is to make us ready in mind, heart and soul for the resurrection of Christ, which we will soon celebrate in the Mass at Easter.

More than a dozen priests will be available for confession.  All are welcome, please join us!



  • Very Rev. Nicholas Clavin, St. Gregory the Great
  • Msgr. Michael Gallagher, St. Gregory the Great
  • Rev. Brian Kelly, St. Gregory the Great
  • Rev. Luke Jauregui, St. Stevens
  • Rev. Ignatius Kipchirchir, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
  • Rev. Ignatius Dibeashi, Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Rev. Niranjan Kanmury, San Rafael
  • Rev. Michael O'Connor, St. Mark
  • Rev. Eduardo Bernardino, Church of the Resurrection
  • Msgr. Lloyd Bourgeois
  • Rev. Kevin Casey, St. John Church, SD 
  • Rev. Bill Elliott
  • Msgr. Lawrence Purcell
  • Rev. Andres Ramos, Guardian Angels 


Why do we confess?
Reconciliation prayers

Examination of Conscience

  1. Have I loved God above all things?
  2. Has my speech been worthy?
  3. Have I attended Mass on Sundays and Holy Days?
  4. Have I respected my parents, superiors and those around me?
  5. Have I harmed with my words or my actions?
  6. Have I kept myself clean, pure and been faithful to my vows?
  7. Have I cheated or stolen?
  8. Have I spoken uncharitably about others or gossiped?
  9. Have I weakened my vows with my obsession with another?
  10. 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.