Saint Andrew Catholic Church

Confession Times

St. Andrew Confession Times

Tuesdays: 6:30pm to 7:00pm


Saturdays: 4:00pm to 4:45pm


And by appointment! 

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How to go to Confession:

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Before you go:

Spend some time in prayer examining your conscience asking God to show you what you need to confess.

Introduction:

With the priest, pray the Sign of the Cross: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."


Then say: "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been... since my last Confession and these are my sins."

Confess Your Sins

To the best of your ability tell the priest your sins. Be as specific as you can be by naming the sin (for example: "I lied to my boss"). Explain the sin in as much detail as necessary to name the sin clearly before the priest and God, but it is not necessary to tell long stories or give excuses either – God already knows everything and already desires to forgive you.

Penance

The priest will then suggest you say a couple of prayers or do something to help you reconnect with God more deeply with what is called a Penance.

Act of Contrition

The priest will then ask you to pray an Act of Contrition. There are many ways to say an Act of Contrition. Here is one Act of Contrition you can use:


O my God, I am sorry for my sins. I am sorry for choosing to do wrong and for failing to do good. I have sinned against you and your people. I fully intend with the help of your grace to amend my life and do what is right. Amen. 

Absolution

The priest will then pray a prayer called Absolution which concludes with the words: "I absolve you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." 


He will then say this or something like it: "God has freed you from your sins. Go in peace."


Then you say: "Thanks be to God."


You then pray or do your Penance on your own.


Then go home with the knowledge that the God who died on the cross for your sins has definitively and personally forgiven you! The result of your sorrow for your sins meeting God's mercy is always FORGIVENESS!