The sacrament of reconciliation is about God's healing power touching our lives. In our human nature, which we all share, we know how easy it is to fall into temptation and sin. In order to strive for a life centered on virtue, it is necessary to recognize our sinfulness and to enter into the sacrament instituted by Jesus so that we may be healed, purified, and cleansed of any transgression, any sin. No sin is more powerful than God's love and mercy, and we experience this love and mercy in a very powerful, direct, and tangible way through the sacrament of reconciliation.
As we prepare to make our first holy communion in the Eucharist, we also prepare to make our first confession. For some, they will make this preparation through the RCIA or RCIC programs. Second graders normally prepare during religion class if they attend a Catholic school or the parish religious education program. But everyone once in a while, someone will have missed preparing in the second grade. No need to worry, we will help you prepare in an age appropriate manner. If you would like to prepare to make your first reconciliation, please contact our office at 801-253-6030.
How to go to Confession
In the name of the Father + the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been __ weeks/months since my last confession.
Optional reading from scripture.
State your sins, without intentionally omitting any mortal (major) sins.
The priest my optionally offer counsel. Then he assigns you a penance. The penance is to be completed on your own after your confession is finished.
The priest will ask you for an act of contrition. This prayer said aloud to God expressing contrition and the willingness to try do better. See below for some sample acts of contrition.
The priest hearing and believing your contrition then gives you absolution
The priest says, "Go in Peace."
You say, "Thanks be to God."
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He says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.”
You say, “His mercy endures forever.”
We have confessions on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in the rectory chapel, and Saturdays at 4:00 pm in room 101B in the front office of the school. Appointments may also be made by contacting Fr. Marco directly, 801-253-6031.
Act of Contrition
The Act of Contrition is a prayer expressing our sorrow for our sins against God, our neighbor, and our self. During the sacrament of confession, one confesses their sin and then before absolution, the priest will ask for an act of contrition. This is the moment when you verbally and positively express your contrition to God. There are many forms of this type of prayer, and one is free to spontaneously create one?so long as it expresses contrition.
Various Acts of Contrition
Almighty God, it is You I love, and You a ask forgiveness. I am sorry for my sin, and with Your grace I intend to amend my life and do better. Have mercy on me and help me to grow in Your grace. Amen.
Dios todopoderoso, es usted por quien estoy empelotado, y usted uno le pide perdón. Lamento mi pecado, y con Su gracia que entiendo para enmendar mi vida y hago mejor. Tenga misericordia de mí y ayúdeme a crecer en Su gracia.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, 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 Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.
Dios mío, me arrepiento de todo corazón de todo lo malo que he hecho y de lo bueno que he dejado de hacer; porque pecando te he ofendido a ti, que eres el sumo bien y digno de ser amado sobre todas las cosas. Propongo firmemente, con tu gracia, cumplir la penitencia, no volver a pecar y evitar las ocasiones de pecado. Perdóname, Señor, por los méritos de la Pasión de nuestro Salvador Jesucristo. Amén.
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 amend my life, 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.
O my God, I am sorry for my sins because I have offended you. I know I should love you above all things. Help me to do penance, to amend my life, and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen.