The Sacrament of Penance, or Confession, brings about this change of heart through God's mercy and forgiveness.

Experience the Lord's compassion through the Sacrament of Penance.

What is penance?

We have heard the sacrament called by many names: Confession, Penance or Reconciliation. Learn more about the sacrament.

What is Confession?

The Sacrament of Penance allows for a conversion, a change of heart.  In sin, we have broken our bond with God and His Church - Confession affords the opportunity to mend that break.


The sacrament of forgiveness

We are blessed in our Catholic Church to experience one of the greatest means of growing in holiness: the Sacrament of Penance.

Through this Sacrament, we receive God's merciful forgiveness of our sins, reconciliation with God and with the community of the Church and the grace to achieve conversion, that change of heart by which we truly repent and believe the Good News.

The sacrament is available to all, especially those who have not received this sacrament in a long time. Come back home to Jesus and to the Community of His Disciples, the Church. Do not be afraid!

What separates us is sin, our freely-willed lack of love for God, others and ourselves, expressed in a variety of ways.

What do i do?

The Sacrament of Penance is made up of the following parts:


  • Prayer, Almsgiving and Fasting
  • Examination of Conscience


  • Confessing your sins and reciting an Act of Contrition


  • Completing the penance you have been given and practicing virtue


For more information regarding classes contact Angi Swiezy

Contact Info

St. Mark Catholic Church
535 E Edgewood Ave.
Indianapolis, IN, 46227
Phone: 317-787-8246

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