LentenPenance Service
Sunday, March 15 ~ 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
at Our Lady of Lourdes

Exposition & Adoration  ~  Prayer & Reflection   ~   Confessions

12:30 pm            Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

12:45-2:15          Quiet time for Prayer and Reflection

12:45 – 1:45       Confessions heard by Fr. Ferguson and Fr. Jeffrey

1:45 pm              Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament

2:00 pm              Dismissal

An abbreviated version of Fr. Ferguson's Guide to Confession

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE:
Before you go to Confession, you must quietly look into your heart (your conscience) and remember what
sins you have committed. This helps you to be more honest with God in Confession.
You can ask the Holy Spirit to help you by praying,
“Come, Holy Spirit, and help me to find out my sins and to be really sorry for them,
so that I can make a good Confession. ”    

Using the help of the Holy Spirit, remember the Ten Commandments of God,
and ask yourself how you have sinned against God or against others.

PRAYER BEFORE CONFESSION
“Dear Jesus, I am getting ready to meet you in the Sacrament of Confession.
Help me to remember how much you love me.
You are so merciful to all who come to you with true sorrow for their sins.
Thank you for this wonderful sacrament of healing and forgiveness
that helps me to get to Heaven one day.
Amen.”

1.  GO INTO THE CONFESSIONAL.
The priest is waiting for you and he will greet you!

2.  SAY: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.
It has been __________________________since my last Confession. (Tell the priest how long it has been
since your last confession.)

3.  TELL YOUR SINS TO THE PRIEST.
Be honest. You are really talking to Jesus, who loves you.
Remember, the priest cannot tell anyone what you tell him.

4.  LISTEN TO WHAT THE PRIEST SAYS.
He will give you some advice about how to be more holy, and how to make better choices.  He will also give
you a PENANCE.   A Penance is something you pray or do to show sorrow for your sins. You will do your
PENANCE later when you leave the confessional.

5.  PRAY THE “ACT OF CONTRITION”.
The “Act of Contrition” tells God that you are sorry and that you will try harder to be holy. Say:
“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You,
   and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments,
   but most of all because they offend You, my God,
   Who are all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace
   to sin no more,
   and to avoid the near occasion of sin.
Amen.”

6.  LISTEN TO THE “PRAYER OF ABSOLUTION”.
This prayer is when your sins are forgiven!
“God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son,
has reconciled the world to Himself,
and sent 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.”

7.  THE PRIEST WILL DISMISS YOU.
He will say: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.”
You will say:  “His mercy endures forever.”

8.  RETURN TO YOUR PEW.
You may pray a short prayer of thanksgiving to God for his gift of forgiveness.

9.  DO YOUR PENANCE.
While at your pew, don’t forget to do the PENANCE that the priest assigned to you.
This will help you to stay holy in the coming days!