The Sacrament of Confession, or Reconciliation, is the gift from God of having our past faults and sins both forgiven and forgotten. It is an opportunity of conversion, of changing our ways to follow Christ more closely in the future.
Saturday 12.00 to 12.30 pm
Make the sign of the cross as you say, "Bless me Father, for I have sinned, it has been (state how long since your last confession) since my last confession, and these are my sins."
Tell the Priest your sins.
When you have finished confessing your sins, say, "For these and all the sins of my past I am truly sorry."
The Priest will give you a suitable penance, and he may give you some advice.
Make an act of contrition.
" Lord, Jesus, you chose to be called the friend of sinners. By your saving death and resurrection free me from my sins. May your peace take root in my heart and bring forth a harvest of love, holiness, and truth. Amen.
O my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you, and with the help of your grace I will not sin again. Amen.
Use your own words or an act of contrition you are familiar with.
The Priest will say the prayer of absolution. At the end of the prayer, say "Amen".
The Priest will say, "Your sins are forgiven, go in peace." Than say, "Thanks be to God."
Perform the penance the Priest has given you.