Like Jesus, receive and give the gift of love! Help others do the same.
HELPS FOR RECEPTION OF SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
When you receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you must:
Think of your sins
Be sorry for your sins
Tell (confess) your sins to a priest
Do the penance (a prayer, good work, or action) that the priest gives you
Try not to sin again
- Bless me Father, for I have sinned.
- This is my first confession.
- These are my sins. (Tell all your sins)
- After confessing all your sins say: I am sorry for all my sins.
When the priest says:
Act of Contrition
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. Amen.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.
His mercy is forever.
LEARN THE 10 COMMANDMENTS BY HEART
- Have I remembered to pray to God every day in the morning, before and after meals and at night?
- Have I said God’s name in the wrong way without love and respect?
- If I am not sick, do I give God honor at Mass every Sunday and holy day?
- Do I disobey my parents or other grownups who take the place of my parents? Do I obey quickly?
- Have I been angry or mean to anyone?
- Have I taken good care of my body (eating good food, getting enough sleep)? Have I done anything hurtful to someone else’s body?
- Have I taken anything that belongs to someone else or have I been careless with things that belong to someone else?
- Have I always told the truth?
- Have I been upset because someone is liked more than me?
- Have I been upset because someone has something that I do not have?
VOCABULARY FOR UNDERSTANDING RECONCILIATION
Comes from a Latin word which means “to wash” Like Baptism, penance washes away our personal sins
Act of Contrition
A prayer that says we are sorry for doing wrong and that we want to be better
Being sorry for doing what is wrong
Telling Jesus our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that He will take them away.
Saying prayers and doing good in order to make up for the wrong we have done
The ability to
know the difference between right and wrong.
The power to
choose good over wrong
Examination of Conscience
Thinking about all the decisions that you have made about what is right and wrong
Serious wrong-doing that breaks our relationship with God or other people
Wrong-doing that weakens our relationship with God or other people
A thought or feeling about doing something wrong
A desire to be better and make up for the wrong you have done
An agreement to live in a faithful, loving relationship