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We ask God’s forgiveness for our sins through the sacrament of Reconciliation sometimes called Penance or Confession.

Reconciliation is always available for anyone needing to confess sins, large or small.

Everyone should make frequent use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


How should I prepare myself for Reconciliation?

  1. Wait at the chairs outside of the confessional until the priest is available. This is a good time to pray and do an Examination of Conscience.

  2. Walk into the confessional and sit down across from the priest or kneel at the kneeler.

  3. Pray the sign of the cross.

  4. Tell the priest how long it has been since your last confession. (“Bless me father for I have sinned, it has been _____ days/weeks/months/years since I have been to confession.”)

  5. Name your sins. Many people finish their confession with something like, “for these and all past sins, I am truly sorry.”

  6. The priest may offer some type of counsel, then gives you some penance to do.

  7. The priest asks you to say an Act of Contrition

    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. Amen.

  8. The priest absolves you of your sins. You will cross yourself as he mentions the Blessed Trinity.

  9. The priest will say something like, “Your sins have been forgiven, now go in peace.”

  10. You can thank the priest for his time and exit the confessional.

Click Below for a pdf: How to Go to Reconciliation

How To Go To Reconciliation (English)