How to Go to Confession

  1. The priest gives a blessing or greeting.
  2. Make the Sign of the Cross and say,
    “Bless me father, for I have sinned.
    My last confession was…” (give weeks, months, or years).
  3. Confess all your sins to the priest.
    (If you are unsure or uneasy, tell him and ask for help.)
  4. Say, “I am sorry for these and all my sins.”
  5. The priest gives a penance and offers advice to help you become a better Catholic Christian.
  6. Say an Act of Contrition, expressing your sorrow for your sins.
  7. The priest, acting in the person of Christ, then absolves you from your sins.

Act of Contrition