Examination of Conscience
Examine your conscience and review the 10 commandments. Then get in a line to enter the Reconciliation Room.
In the Reconciliation Room you will see two chairs and a screen with a kneeler. Close the door and have a seat either facing Father or kneeling behind the screen. It is your choice which way is more comfortable.
Begin by making the sign of the cross together:
"In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
Confession of Sins and Acceptance of a Penance
You will say: "Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It’s been (a week, a month, etc.) These are my sins:"
Making a confession is simply telling Father what sins you have committed. After you have mentioned all the sins you can recall, Father may talk to you a little bit and give you some advice. Then he will ask you to do a "PENANCE". Your penance may be to say Prayers, or do a kind deed. Listen carefully to what Father asks you to do for a penance and be sure to do it as soon as possible.
After this, Father will then ask you to recite the Act of Contrition (Copies are available in the confessionals and during Parish Reconciliations copies are available at each location.)
"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.
Right after your Act of Contrition, Father will give his sacramental "ABSOLUTION" which means forgiveness. Your sins will be forgiven. Father will extend his hands and say:
"God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Your response is, "Amen."
Praise of God and Dismissal
Father may say, "Go in peace, and proclaim to the world the wonderful works of God who has brought you salvation."
You may say, "Thanks be to God."
"Thank you, Father."
When you leave, be sure to leave the door open for the next person (if you have used the Reconciliation Room).
Be sure to do the penance Father has given you as soon as possible.