Confession & Reconciliation
Confession and Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21-23).
Confession at Holy Spirit
Confession is available by appointment and Tuesdays during Adoration beginning at 7:00 p.m.
BEFORE GOING TO CONFESSION:
1. Pray. Ask God to give you the grace to make a good confession.
2. Examine your conscience. Reflect on your life, trying to recall all the times you sinned against God since your
last confession. Use an Examination of Conscience to help you.
3. Be truly sorry for your sins.
4. Make the resolution to avoid committing these sins in the future
1. Upon entering the confessional take your place. You may choose to either confess anonymously by going behind
the screen or by going face-to-face if this option is available. Depending on the confessional, you may either
kneel or sit.
2. Greet the priest. A simple “Good Morning” or “Good Evening” will do.
3. Then make the sign of the Cross and say the following: “Bless me father, for I have sinned. It has been (state
how many days, weeks, months, or years) since my last confession. These are my sins.”
4. At this time, confess your sins briefly and clearly. It might be helpful to start with the one that is most difficult to
say since it will make it easier to mention the rest. Remember that for a confession to be valid all mortal sins
must be confessed. If you do not know whether a sin is mortal or not, ask the priest for guidance. If you do not
know what to say, feel uneasy or ashamed, simply ask the priest to assist you. Be assured that he will help you
to make a good confession. Simply answer the questions he might ask you without hiding anything out of
shame or fear. Place your trust in God who is your merciful Father and wants to forgive you.
5. When you finish confessing your sins, say: “…and I am truly sorry for all my sins.”
6. The priest will then give you some words of advice and/or encouragement to help you become a better person
and a more faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.
7. Following this, he will assign you a penance which you are to do when you leave the confessional. It might be
something like saying a few prayers, doing an act of charity, or making some sacrifice. Whatever it is, make sure
that you understand it clearly and that you remember to do it later.
8. After giving you the penance, the priest will ask you to say the Act of Contrition. You may say whichever one
you know. If you do not know an Act of Contrition, ask the priest to assist you.
9. When you are finished praying the Act of Contrition, the priest will say the Prayer of Absolution. Listen
attentively to that prayer, bless yourself as he makes the Sign of the Cross and at the end of the prayer, answer,
10. After giving you absolution, the priest will say, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.” at which you respond,
“His mercy endures forever.” The priest then concludes by saying, “Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace.” and
you respond, “Thanks be to God.”
1. Say a prayer of thanksgiving. Give thanks to God for the gift of his infinite mercy and for the sacrament you have
2. Do your penance. It is advisable that you do your penance as soon as possible so that you will not forget to do