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Inside of Confession Booth

Come experience God's mercy and forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.



Examination of Conscience 

Before you go to confession, it's important to make a good examination of conscience. Click here for a list of good resources. 

How to go to Confession

The Sacrament of Reconciliation may be face-to-face or anonymous, with a screen between you and the priest. Choose the option that is the most comfortable for you.

Begin your confession

When you enter the confessional, the priest will give you a blessing or greeting. Make the Sign of the Cross and say, "Bless me Father for I have sinned, It has been [____ days, weeks, years] since my last confession."

Confess your sins

Confess all of your mortal sins to the priest in number and kind. Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. Indeed the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father's mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as he is merciful.

After you have confessed all of your sins

Say "For these and all my sins, I ask for forgiveness." The priest will then offer you advice to help you be a better Catholic, such as how to better work with the graces that God is giving you in your life, or ways to combat your weaknesses or habitual sin. He will then assign a penance.

Say an Act of Contrition

This is a way of expressing your sorrow for your sins.

Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins

because of your just punishments; 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 avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.


The priest, acting in the person of Christ, then absolves you from your sins.


After your confession is heard and the priest absolves you of your sins. Complete your penance given to you by the priest as soon as you are able. 


Why Confess My Sins to a Priest?

Why Confess My Sins to a Priest?

If you’ve ever been in a conversation where you had to defend the Catholic Faith, people have probably asked you this question. It can be a tough one to answer, but Fr. Mike lays out many reasons why confessing our sins to a priest makes perfect sense. Confession isn’t a man-made tradition of the Church but rather a valuable gift given by God and rooted in Scripture. Fr. Mike is also a presenter in these faith formation programs from Ascension: Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God ( Chosen: This is Your Catholic Faith ( Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed ( YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body ( Get 18 of Fr. Mike’s best Ascension Presents videos in this exclusive DVD from Ascension: Ascension Presents … Fr. Mike Schmitz ( Fr. Mike spoke at the Ascension Cafe during the World Meeting of Families. Watch him and other speakers get fired up over the gospel in the Ascension Cafe DVD ( MORE FROM ASCENSION: Ascension Press main website: Ascension Presents: Ascension Blog: SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: Instagram: Subscribe:
Going to Confession for the First Time in a Long Time

Going to Confession for the First Time in a Long Time

Learn more about Fr. Mike Schmitz and Fr. Josh Johnson's Pocket Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation: Confession is a place of never ending mercy and forgiveness, and is one of the most beautiful parts of our Catholic faith. But for many, it can also be a very daunting experience, especially if it’s been a long time since your last confession. Whether it’s the first time you’ve gone in a year, or it’s the first time you’ve gone in your life, God is ready and willing to forgive your sins. All we have to do is let him into our hearts. Today, Fr. Mike explains how to approach going to confession for the first time in a long time. ❓ Have ideas for future videos ❓ Topics you want to hear about ❓ Questions you want answered ❓ Make sure to put #AskAscension in your comment 👍 — MORE FROM ASCENSION — 🔸Ascension’s main website: 🔸Ascension Media: 🔸The Great Adventure Bible: — SOCIAL MEDIA — 🔸Facebook: 🔸Twitter: 🔸LinkedIn: 🔸Instagram: 🔸Subscribe: — BULLDOG CATHOLIC — 🔸YouTube: 🔸iTunes:
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