What steps do I follow once I enter the confessional?

Steps of reconciliation:

Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, be sure to prepare with an
examination of conscience.

  1. The priest greets us, we pray the Sign of the Cross, and he invites us to trust
    in God.
  2. We confess our sins. The priest may help and counsel us.
  3. The priest gives us a penance to perform such as the recitation of a prayer.
    Fr. Tom will often ask if you understand the penance so that before you leave, you
    can know with confidence what you must do.
  4. The priest asks us to express our sorrow, usually by reciting the Act
    of Contrition. Fr. Tom recommends the version written below:
    “O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins,
    because of thy just punishment, 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
    avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.”
  5. We receive absolution.
    The priest says, “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
    We respond, “Amen.”
  6. The priest dismisses us by saying, “Go in peace,”
    and we respond, “Thanks be to God.”
  7. We go forth to perform the act of penance he has given us!