Guide to Confession
Confession can seem intimidating for a lot of people, but with some simple preparation, it can
be a healing encounter with Christ that will leave you filled with peace.
-How do I go to confession?-
Greeting: The priest will welcome you; he may say a short blessing or read a Scripture passage.
Sign of the Cross: Together, you and the priest will make the Sign of the Cross. You may then begin your confession with these or similar words: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been (give days, months, or years) since my last confession.”
Confession: Confess all your sins to the priest. If you are unsure what to say, ask the priest for help. When you are finished, conclude with these or similar words: “I am sorry for these and all my sins.”
Penance: The priest will propose an act of penance. The penance might be prayer, a work of mercy, or an act of charity. He might also counsel you on how to better live a Christian life.
Act of Contrition: Say an Act of Contrition, expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving to leave sin behind and live in the light!
Absolution: The priest then blesses you in the person of Christ as he says the prayer of Absolution which frees you from your sins
-Go in Peace-
Feed the hungry – Offer your Lenten fasting as a prayer for the hungry, or volunteer at a food pantry.
Visit the sick – Send thoughtful notes to members of your parish or community who are sick, or visit residents in a nursing home.
Shelter the homeless – Make blankets to donate to a homeless shelter, or volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
For more ways to put mercy into action this Lent, check out our Works of Mercy activity worksheet!