By means of the decree, the Apostolic Penitentiary “confirms and extends for the entire month of November 2021 all the spiritual benefits already granted on 22 October 2020” – that is, it allows the faithful to gain plenary indulgences for the souls in purgatory by visiting a cemetery on every day in November and praying for those who have died; normally, the indulgence is limited to the first eight days of the month. A second plenary indulgence is also established for the day of the commemoration of the faithful departed, All Souls’ Day, November 2. The current decree allows the faithful to obtain that indulgence for the benefit of the deceased on any day of November, at their choice.
The Sacred Heart & St Margaret's is parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh a charity registered in Scotland number SC008540  

The Sacrament of Reconciliation


Sacrament of ReconciliationMany of us regret things we have done or fail to do, words we have said or thoughts we have harbored, things we are too embarrassed or ashamed to admit. Sometimes these hidden secrets take on much more importance than they deserve, simply because we keep them bottled up and are unable to speak about them.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation gives us the opportunity to express our sorrow for things we have done wrong, to heal broken relationships, to forgive ourselves and others, and to open up the channels of communication between ourselves and God.


Confession is above all a place of healing, not a place of judgment or punishment. When we make our confession to a priest in the confidentiality of the confessional or reconciliation room, we experience healing and liberation, discovering again and again how much we are loved by God, how precious we are to Him, and how great is our dignity as His children. Once he has heard our confession, the priest says the words of absolution for our sins:


God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His 
Son has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among 
us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may 
God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins, in 
the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


What the penitent makes known to the priest remains "sealed" because the confidentiality of confession is absolute. Nothing said by the penitent in confession will ever be repeated. This is an experience of mercy and reconciliation, where we can lay down the burdens of guilt and shame that we carry with us. No matter what we think of ourselves or of God, we can still be certain that God forgives us, loves us and wants only to heal us.


First Confession for children and reconciliation Classes


For other inquiries, please call the Parish Assistant, Margaret Drummond, at 01968 674 046.


Confession Schedule


  • Saturdays - 11:00am to 12:00pm - during Holy Hour Devotion. 
  • Saturdays - 5:30pm to 6:00pm - at the Sacred Church before Vigil Mass
  • Or by appointment – call the parish office at 01968 673 709
  • Additionally, communal celebrations of Penance are celebrated during Advent and Lent.


Communal Penance Services


Every Advent and Lent a communal penance service is celebrated with opportunity for individual confession.


Confession at Home, Hospital, or Nursing Home


The Parish Priest will be happy to visit you to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance if you are unable to come to the church due to illness or weakness. 



Please call the parish office at 01968 673 709 or use form below to make arrangements.

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