How to Confess:
- Before you go to confession, spend time with an examination of conscience. This will help you to remember any sins you may have forgotten. While reading through the examination of conscience, you may want to make a list to ensure that you don't forget anything during your confession.
- Then, you can look up a confession time at a parish near you.
- Before you head out the door on your way to confession, print out the step-by-step confession guide which will walk you through the sacrament.
Did you know: You are obliged to confess only mortal sins, but confessing all sins is recommended. If you are in doubt about whether a sin is mortal or venial, mention your doubt to the confessor. Remember also, confession of venial sins is very helpful for avoiding sin and advancing toward Heaven.
Necessary conditions for a sin to be mortal:
- Serious Matter
- Sufficient Reflection
- Full Consent of the Will
- Have I ever deliberately failed to confess a past serious sin, or have I willfully disguised or hidden such a sin?
Note: The deliberate concealing of a mortal sin invalidates one´s confession and makes the person guilty of another mortal sin. Remember that the confession is private under the Seal of Confession, i.e., it is a mortal sin for the priest to reveal the matter of one´s confession to anyone else.
- Have I been guilty of irreverence for this sacrament by failing to examine my conscience carefully?
- Have I any habits of serious sin to confess first (e.g. impurity, drunkenness, etc.)?