How to Go to Reconciliation

This video is an example of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka Confession) for instructional purposes. The penitent is portrayed by Jen Mayer, coordinator of Adult Faith Formation. The sins are not real and real absolution was not granted.

Step By Step

You: Make the sign of the cross

Father: Invites you to trust in God’s mercy

Either: Optional reading of Word of God

You: Tell your sins, as well as other information helpful to priest (e.g., how long it has been since last confession, your state in life)

Father: Counsels you based on what you have told him, encourages you to repent sincerely, and imposes an act of penance.

Father: Invites you to make an act of contrition

You: In these or similar words: 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.
NOTE: You can make up your own act of contrition, which should express your sorrow and your desire to avoid the sin in the future.

Father: God the father of mercies through the death and resurrection of his son has reconciled the world to himself and send the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins: through the ministry of the church may god give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Father: The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in peace.