What is Reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called the Sacrament of Penance or Confession, forgives sins committed after Baptism. Sin estranges us from God, but confession reconciles us back to God through the saving mercy of Christ. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is done with a priest, either face-to-face or behind a screen to respect anonymity. The priest is bound by a sacred seal to never reveal one's confessed sins.
Who should go to Reconciliation?
Catholics conscious of a mortal sin have a duty to seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a priest before receiving Eucharist. However, any Catholic with any sin may receive the grace of this wonderful sacrament. The Catholic Church recommends a yearly confession of sins to a priest, especially during the Lenten season.