SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION)
Saturdays – 10.30am to 11am at St Peter’s
Sundays – 9am -9.20am at St Joseph’s
Mondays – before & after morning Mass at St Joseph’s
And by request
HOW TO GO TO CONFESSION
- Before Confession
Spend a few minutes before your confession. Pray for God’s guidance and examine your conscience. Remember any sins you have committed. We are obliged to mention any serious (or ‘mortal’) sins; and we are encouraged to mention other smaller (or ‘venial’) sins and everyday faults (though don’t be too scrupulous about the latter)
- During Confession
Begin by saying: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” and then say: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It is [state the length of time] since my last confession”. Then say very briefly what your state of life is, to help him understand your situation; eg, at school, young, adult, single or married, working or not etc.
Now confess your sins. Finish by saying “these are my sins” so the priest understands you have finished. The priest then may or may not offer some advice. He will then ask you to make an Act of Contrition. There are a few ways of saying this. Here is one authorised and commonly used example:
Act of Contrition: O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins, and detest them above all things, because they deserve Thy dreadful punishments, because they have crucified my loving Saviour Jesus Christ, and most of all because they offend Thine infinite goodness; and I firmly resolve, by the help of Thy grace,
never to offend Thee again, and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin. Amen.