The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession, as it used to be known, requires only a little preparation.

As with all things, we should begin with prayer, placing ourselves in the presence of God.

Then we should try to review our lives since our last Reconciliation, searching out our thoughts, words, and actions that did not conform to God’s love, to His law, or to the laws of the Church. Reviewing our life this way is called an “examination of conscience,” and it is a good practice for every day of our lives.

We should not let too much time pass between our visits to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Church asks us to go at least once a year, but suggests that we go regularly, perhaps once a month, making a closer relationship with God and with our confessor. If we go more often, we more often receive the graces to improve our lives.

Once you are there for the Sacrament, try to follow these four steps to a good Confession:

  1. Tell all. Don’t leave any serious sins out. Perhaps start with the one that is toughest to say.
  2. Be clear. Try not to be subtle or euphemistic.  Be straightforward.
  3. Be brief. No need to go into too much detail.
  4. Be sorry. Remember, that you have sinned against God and against yourself.  You are seeking forgiveness from God, Our Father.

Have a look at our latest newsletter for Confession Times (usually after 10am Mass on Saturday mornings) but remember that Father Tony is available at all times on 01353 662759 or by email at if you need to speak to him urgently.

If you have not been to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for some time, don’t worry. Just go. Have a look at this Guide to Reconciliation for some helpful ideas.

An Act of Contrition

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 do better, and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen