Confession

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A Sacrament of Healing

Our parish joins with our neighboring parish of St. Thomas the Apostle in Corcoran in a joint ministry of reconciling souls to God and helping them grow in holiness using the Sacrament of Confession.  Our two parishes offer a broad selection of times to make use of this sacrament to support an individual’s program of growth in personal holiness. 

The Sacrament of Confession is a powerful tool for healing from sinful tendencies in our thoughts, words and actions.  It is a means to spur growth in closeness with our Lord Jesus.  Effective use of this sacrament comes from a regular reviewal of conscience usually done at the end of the day.  Major sins usually stand out all on their own.  But tendencies to sin can be spotted through regularly spending some time at the end of the day thinking about how we lived our day, how we treated people or thought about them, and how we treated God. 

The often-overlooked benefit of regular use of the Sacrament of Confession is its potential to improve our relationships with the people around us.  Reflecting on how we think about and treat family, co-workers, and any others we meet in our day, holds us accountable for the kind of person we are becoming.  With the healing grace of this beautiful sacrament, even long-term attitudes and behaviors can be chipped away at and smoothed out through regular use of Confession.  Confession can be thought of as a tool for healing, from past wounds we haven’t gotten over, as well as present day feelings and attitudes which can hold us back from experiencing freedom and peace.   Do you want to become the best you…this sacrament is for you!

Please note that, on Wednesdays, there are three times for confession from morning till evening.

The Wednesday evening confessions provide an opportunity for those for whom morning, afternoon, even Saturday afternoon confessions are not convenient or even possible.  Eucharistic Adoration takes place during these confessions in church at St. Thomas to enhance the experience of the Lord’s Mercy.  Eucharistic Adoration is available at Ss. Peter and Paul in the adjacent Adoration Chapel.

Confession Schedule

The Sacrament of Confession is regularly available at Ss. Peter & Paul according to the following schedule:

 

Tuesdays

7:15 AM - 7:45 AM

Wednesdays & Thursdays

7:45 AM - 8:15 AM

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Wednesday evening at St. Thomas, Corcoran

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturday

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

For the schedule at our sister parish, St. Thomas the Apostle in Corcoran, please click here.

Preparing for Confession

Confession is not difficult, but it does require preparation.

We should begin with prayer, placing ourselves in the presence of God, our loving Father. We seek healing and forgiveness through repentance and a resolve to sin no more.

Then we review our lives since our last confession, searching our thoughts, words, and actions for that which did not conform to God’s command to love him and one another through his laws and the laws of his Church.

This is called an examination of conscience.

Examination of Conscience for Children

Responsibilities to God:

 

  • Have I prayed every day?

  • Have I prayed my morning prayers and night prayers?

  • Have I prayed with my parents and family?

  • Have I been moody and rebellious about praying and going to church on Sunday?

  • Have I asked the Holy Spirit to help me whenever I have been tempted to sin?

  • Have I asked the Holy Spirit to help me do what is right?

 

Responsibilities to others:

 

  • Have I been obedient and respectful to my parents?

  • Have I lied or been deceitful to them or to others?

  • Have I been arrogant, stubborn or rebellious?

  • Have I talked back to parents, teachers or other adults?

  • Have I pouted and been moody?

  • Have I been selfish toward my parents, brothers, and sisters,

  • teachers, or my friends and schoolmates?

  • Have I gotten angry at them? Have I hit anyone?

  • Have I held grudges or not forgiven others?

  • Have I treated other children with respect or have I made fun of them and called them names?

  • Have I used bad language?

  • Have I stolen anything? Have I returned it?

  • Have I performed my responsibilities, such as homework and household chores?

  • Have I been helpful and affectionate toward my family?

  • HaveI been kind and generous with my friends?

 

Copyright, Fr. Thomas Weinandy. This resource may be reproduced and distributed free of charge by permission of the author.
 

Examination of Conscience for Adults

 

Recall your sins. 


Prayerfully ask yourself what you have done with full knowledge and full consent against God’s and the Church’s commandments. 

  • Do I pray to God every day? 

  • Have I thanked God for his gifts to me? 

  • Did I put my faith in danger through readings contrary to Catholic teachings or involvement in non-Catholic sects? 

  • Did I engage in superstitious practices: palm reading or fortune-telling? 

  • Did I take the name of God in vain? Did I curse or take a false oath? 

  • Did I miss Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation through my own fault? 

  • Am I attentive at Mass? Did I keep fast and abstinence on the prescribed days? 

  • Did I disobey my parents and lawful superiors in important matters? 

  • Did I hate or quarrel with anyone, or desire revenge? 

  • Did I refuse to forgive? 

  • Was I disrespectful? 

  • Did I get drunk? 

  • Did I take illicit drugs? 

  • Did I consent to, recommend, advise, or actively take part in an abortion? 

  • Did I willfully look at pornography, entertain impure thoughts, or engage in impure conversations or actions? 

  • Did I use artificial means to prevent conception? 

  • Was I unfaithful to my spouse? Did I engage in sexual activity outside of marriage? 

  • Did I steal or damage another’s property? 

  • Have I been honest and just in my business relations? 

  • Have I been responsive to the needs of the poor and respected the dignity of others? 

  • Did I tell lies? Did I sin by calumny, or detraction, of others? 

  • Did I judge others rashly in serious matters? 

  • Have I envied other people? 

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