The Light Is On For You/La Luz Está Encendida Para Ti
Rediscover the beauty and healing of the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent! Extra confession times are being made available for you to renew and restore your relationship with God. Find confession near you via the interactive Google Map below.
The Confession menu is accessible by tapping/clicking the menu icon in the upper left of the map. Confessions are listed under day of the week, then descending by time, date then alphabetical order. Check boxes for days of the week you would like to view; to expand the list of confessions available on a particular day, click the ‘v’ underneath the checkbox.
If you are experiencing difficulty with the map above, see it in the link to Google Maps here.
Why should I go to Confession?
Modern society has lost a sense of sin. One look around us, you can visibly see it’s consequences. As a result of the Original sin of Adam & Eve, we inherit a weakened human nature and an inclination to commit personal (or actual) sin.
Jesus Christ came to heal the divide between God and man caused by Adam & Eve’s ‘no’ through His ‘yes’: in his suffering, dying and rising Christ redeems mankind and gives us the opportunity at eternal life in Heaven.
Christ deeply desires a personal, daily relationship with each one of us, to love and lead us so we may one day enter Heaven. But when we sin, we turn from Him and hurt our relationship. Christ wants to mend our relationship with Him, but He needs us to say ‘yes’.
If you haven’t been to Confession in a while, the Church wants to welcome you back and invite you to participate in this beautiful sacrament of healing. As a Catholic follower of Christ, we make an effort to recognize sin in our daily actions, words and omissions: you’ll be surprised about how free you feel after receiving this sacrament! So many Catholics describe incredible feelings of peace, joy, relief and love that they never expected when experiencing His mercy in Confession.
What do I do in Confession?
- Pray to the Holy Spirit for self-knowledge and trust in the mercy of God.
- Examine your conscience. (see sample Examination of Conscience here)
- Be truly sorry for your sins.
- Resolve to amend your life and avoid the occasion of sin.
- Begin with the Sign of the Cross.
- Welcoming you, the priest will say: “May God, who has enlightened every heart, help you to know your sins and trust in His mercy” or similar words taken from Scripture. You answer “Amen”.
- Then say “Bless me, Father for I have sinned. It has been (x weeks/months/years) since my last confession.”
- Confess the number, kind, and circumstances of your sins openly and candidly.
- Then listen to the priest for whatever counsel he may judge appropriate. If you have any question about the faith, how to grow in holiness, or whether something is a sin, feel free to ask him.
- Then the priest will assign you a penance which you must assent to.
- Pray the Act of Contrition when the priest tells you (See ‘Confession Resources’ below).
- Listen as the priest absolves you of your sins and enjoy the fact that God has truly freed you from all your sins.
- Complete the penance the priest assigned you.
- Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the graces received!
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, 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 confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.
Act of Contrition (traditional)
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
Act of Contrition (alternate form)
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!
Examinations of Conscience