St. Stephen PUBLIC Masses are Temporarily Suspended by the order of the San Francisco Health Department and Archbishop Cordileone

ALL Sunday Masses have been temporarily suspended by order of the San Francisco health department and Archbishop Cordileone effective immediately. The Church is open Mondays through Saturdays for the 8:00 am mass and remains open for private devotions until 4:00 pm. Our 9:30 a.m. LIVESTREAM Sunday Mass will continue until further notice. For details, call 415-681-2444.

 
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Reconciliation

Through Reconciliation, Christians are freed from sins committed after Baptism. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is considered the normal way to be absolved from mortal sins which, it is believed, would otherwise condemn a person to Hell.

The Sacrament has four elements, three on the part of the penitent (contrition, confession and satisfaction) and one on the part of the minister of the Sacrament (absolution).

Catholics distinguish between two types of sin: Mortal sins are a grave violation of God's law that turns man away from God. Someone who is aware of having committed mortal sins must repent of having done so, and must confess them in order to benefit from the Sacrament. Venial sins, the kind that "does not set us in direct opposition to the will and friendship of God", can be remitted by contrition and reception of other Sacraments, but they too are rightly and usefully declared in confession.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.