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Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) - Saint John the ...

At this time of year many of us take time to go to the sacrament of Reconciliation – alas, this year it is not possible but Pope Francis has offered us words of wisdom on how we can turn to the Lord seeking forgiveness…

He says, “Return to your Father, who is waiting for you…God welcomes every repentant sinner with open arms…it is like going home.”
He pointed us towards the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1452 when speaking of perfect contrition and inviting the faithful to turn to Lord privately to ask forgiveness for sins committed. We offer you the following prayer ritual to assist you in making your confession directly with the Lord. Pope Francis offers us this but he says – with the firm intention of attending the sacrament with a priest when this is available.


Prepare yourself in a quiet space – light a candle and quieten your mind, turning to Jesus

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Reading: Hosea 6:1-3
Come, let us return to the Lord; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.

Take a quiet moment to reflect on these words…

Speak directly to God our Father – tell him your sins…
Father, forgive me for these and all my sins as I ask your pardon with all my heart.
I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.

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 Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy on me. Amen.

In quiet hear these words from Luke’s Gospel…

Gospel: Luke 15:20-24
But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe – the best one – and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!”

Now pray in the words Jesus taught us…Our Father…

Take a few minutes in quiet prayer to give thanks to God for the many blessings in your life and end your prayer.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.