St. Francis Xavier Catholic School 

"Educate them in the Christian Way of Life."

~St. Francis Xavier




jfleming@sfxcs-pa.org


Mrs. Fleming
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FORMULA FOR THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

(HOW TO GO TO CONFESSION)

 

It is the nature of our God to love humanity.  He delights in us.  He never loses faith in us, even though we may lose faith in ourselves.  God never ceases to long for us, even though we have turned our backs on Him.  God loves to forgive!  His mercy is endless!  His redemption is bountiful, and it gives God joy to take away our sins in order to set us free.

 

  1. LISTEN for the priest’s greeting
  2. MAKE and PRAY the Sign of the Cross.
  3. SAY, “Bless me Father, for I have sinned, this is my first confession. (When you receive this sacrament in the future you will say:  “Bless me Father, for I have sinned.  It has been ---- since my last confession.  These are my sins”…) 
  4. TELL your sins to the priest and try to tell him about how many times you committed each sin.
  5. 5.      After stating sins the penitent SAYS, “I am sorry for these sins and for all the sins of my past life.”
  6. LISTEN to what the priest tells you.  After the priest gives absolution and assigns a penance he tells the penitent to make an Act of Contrition.
  7. PRAY the Act of Contrition meaningfully.
  8. 8.      After the priest gives absolution he will say, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.”  The penitent will SAY, “His mercy endures forever.”
  9. 9.      Just prior to leaving the confessional the penitent will SAY: “Thank you Father.”
  10. Leave the confessional quietly.
  11. Hold the door for the next person.
  12. Go to your pew and PRAY the penance (prayers) the priest gives you, and remember to thank Jesus for forgiving your sins!

 

Act of Contrition


O my God, I am heartily sorry

for having offended You,

and I detest all my sins because

of Your just punishment.

But most of all because they offend You,

my God, who are all good and

deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace,

to sin no more,

and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

Amen.