National Shrine







Redemptorist, Baclaran, Philippines

Mission - Reconciliation

The shrine is a popular center for healing and reconciliation.  A popular appeal of the shrine is the availability of the sacrament of reconciliation.  Confessions are heard daily in the Shrine, except Sundays, at almost every hour of the day. On Wednesdays, the Confessional boxes are occupied all day long. The celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation makes the Shrine an important centre of spiritual renewal.


The sacrament of reconciliation is a strong Redemptorist tradition going back to their founder, St. Alphonsus, who has been declared by the Church the Patron of Confessors and Moral Theologians. On Saturdays, one priest could be hearing confessions for six to seven hours. Apart from the Redemptorists, Jesuits from the China Province used to come regularly in the 1960s to help hear confessions. Sometime in the past, the former Superior General of a missionary congregation comes as a volunteer every Wednesday to hear confessions for four to five hours without a break.


Penitential services with general absolution are held on First Wednesdays, First Fridays, some Saturdays of Advent, on all Wednesdays of Holy Week and during the Easter Triduum. For the clergy and religious, there is a special confessional at the en´ŻČtrance of the convento where the penitent simply rings a bell and enters the confessional. The priest enters from inside the convento without seeing the penitent.

How to Go to Confession


1. Preparation before going to confession: The penitent compares his or her life with the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the example of Christ and then prays to God for forgiveness.


2. Going to Confession: After the priest welcomes you, both of you make the sign of the cross. Then you may wish to indicate facts about your life, the time of the last confession, difficulties in leading the Christian life, and anything else that may help the priest.


3. The Word of God: You or the priest may read one of the suggested scriptural passages.


4. Confession of Sins and the Act of Penance: Confess your sins. The priest then offers suitable advice and imposes an act of penance or satisfaction, which may include prayer, self-denial, or works of mercy.


5. Prayer of the Penitent: Pray a prayer expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving not to sin again. Two suggested prayers are given here:


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

whom 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.

(Rite of Penance, no. 45)



Check out the schedule of confession at the shrine.

Regular Days

and Sundays


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday




Tagalog 6:45 AM

English 9:30 AM

English 5:45 PM



8:30 - 11:30 AM

3:30 - 6:30 PM


Blessings Anytime through the front office





Tagalog 6:30 AM

Tagalog 8:00 AM (Mass for the Elderly)

English 9:30 AM

English 11:00 AM

Tagalog 12:30 PM

Tagalog 2:30 PM (Children's Mass)

Tagalog 4:00 PM

English 5:30 PM

English 7:00 PM


No confessions on Sundays



Novena and Masses


Novena/Mass Tagalog 5:30 AM

Novena/Benediction Tagalog 7:00 AM

Novena/Mass English 7:45 AM

Novena/Benediction Tagalog 9:15 AM

Novena/Benediction English 10:00 AM

Novena/Mass Tagalog 10:45 AM

Novena/Mass Tagalog 1:30 PM

Novena/Benediction Tagalog 3:00 PM

Novena/Benediction English 4:00 PM

Novena/Mass English 4:45 PM

Novena/Benediction Tagalog 6:00 PM

Novena/Benediction English 6:45 PM

Novena/Benediction English 7:30 PM


Wednesday Confession Schedule


Morning 5:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Afternoon 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Evening 6:00 PM - 8:00PM


General Absolution Every first Wednesday of the month at 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM


Blessings After all novena and masses

at the left side of the church near the store

Write letter of


Write letter

of petition

Read letter of

the week


Lord Jesus Christ,

you are the Lamb of God;

you take away the sins of the world.

Through the grace of the Holy Spirit

restore me to friendship with your Father,

cleanse me from every stain of sin

in the blood you shed for me,

and raise me to new life

for the glory of your name.

(Rite of Penance, no. 91)


6. Absolution: The priest extends his hands over your head and pronounces the formula of absolution, making the sign of the cross over your head during the final words. You answer, "Amen."


7. Proclamation of Praise: Praise the mercy of God and give him thanks in a short invocation taken from Scripture, such as "Rejoice in the Lord and sing for joy, friends of God" (Ps 32:1-7, 10-11), "The Lord has remembered his mercy" (Lk 1:46-55), or "Blessed be God who chose us in Christ" (Eph 1:3-10) (Rite of Penance, no. 206).


8. Dismissal: The priest dismisses you with the command to go in peace. Continue to express your conversion through a life renewed according to the Gospel and more and more steeped in the love of God.


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