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Confessions

It doesn't matter if you've been away for a while, it doesn't matter what you have to confess.

Looking for Day of Confessions information?

For times and locations for Day of Confessions, March 12, 2019, please visit our Day of Confessions page or click on the Day of Confessions banner above.

In addition, all parishes will be hosting their own penitential celebrations during Lent.

Drop by the closest Catholic church and experience the grace of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Priests across the Archdiocese welcome you no matter how long it's been since you have been to Confession, and no matter what you want or need to confess.

Forget how it goes?

  • Before entering the confessional, pray to God the Holy Spirit for His light and His grace.
  • Examine your conscience.
  • Be sorry for your sins
  • Make a firm resolution not to sin again, to avoid the near occasions of sin.
  • In the confessional, make the sign of the cross with the priest.
  • Say to the priest: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been ­_________ weeks/months/years since my last confession and these are my sins.” 
  • Confess your sins openly and candidly. Make sure you mention all mortal sins and, as best you can, the number of times each was committed. When you are through, say “I am sorry for these sins, and all the sins I cannot now remember.”
  • Listen to the advice of the priest. Feel free to ask him any questions about the faith that you are not sure about, such as whether or not something is a sin. The priest will then give you a penance.
  • Say the Act of Contrition when the priest asks you to.

Getting Ready

To help you prepare for confession, take a look at our guides to Making an Examination of Conscience.

Visit our Reconciliation Resources page for more information and guidance about confessions.

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