Reconciliation is a gift of healing and forgiveness. Through the sacrament we are assured of God's loving forgiveness and we are reconciled with God, our faith community, and ourselves.
How to go to Confession
Prepare to go to confession by thinking about your sins. Make a firm commitment, asking God's help, not to sin again.
Prayer before Confession
COME HOLY SPIRIT INTO MY SOUL. Enlighten my mind that I may know the sins I ought to confess, and grant me your grace to confess them fully, humbly, & with a contrite heart. Help me to firmly resolve not to commit them again.
O BLESSED VIRGIN, MOTHER OF MY REDEEMER, intercede for me through the Passion of Your Son, that I may obtain the grace to make a good confession. All you blessed Angels & Saints of God, pray for me, a sinner, that I may repent from my sins, & that my heart may be forever united with yours in eternal love. Amen.
Rite of Reconciliation
PRIEST: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
PENITENT: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been (how long ?) since my last confession, and these are my sins: (confess your sins).
The PRIEST gives you a PENANCE.
PENITENT: (Pray the Act of Contrition).