Some of you may be wondering what to do about receiving this Sacrament as we approach Holy Week and Easter. Pope Francis has made the following statement concerning this Sacrament, during Coronavirus lock-down:

“Many of you go to Confession before Easter to return to the Lord. Many will say to me, “But Father … how can I find a
priest – a Confessor- if I can’t leave my house. I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want him to embrace me. I want
my heavenly ‘daddy’ to embrace me. How can I do that unless I find a priest? Do what the Catechism says. It is very clear:
if you don’t find a priest to go to Confession, speak to God. He’s your Father. Tell him the Truth: “Lord, I did this, and this,
and this. Pardon me.” Ask His forgiveness with all your heart, with an Act of Contrition, and promise Him, “afterwards I
will go to Confession, but forgive me now”. You will return to God’s grace immediately.”

AN ACT OF CONTRITION (as recommended by the Diocese)

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 Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.