“Bless me Father for I have sinned.”

With those simple words, Catholics can begin a good Confession, lifting the burden of sin from their souls and receiving the inner peace that comes with God’s grace.

Lent is an excellent time to receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called Confession. Yet going to Confession may seem daunting to some Catholics, especially those who have been away from the sacrament for a while.

Here is a plain-language guide to explain how to go to confession. Feel free to print it out and take it along with you if you like.

As an alternative to the Act of Contrition on the guide, you may want to use this one:

“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.”

Confessions are available widely at parishes throughout the Diocese. But the schedules may vary, so double check with the parish before going.