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HERE ARE SOME PRAYERS THAT CAN HELP YOU PREPARE FOR CONFESSION OR EVEN HELP YOU DURING PERIODS WHERE YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO GET TO CONFESSION.  

ACT OF CONTRITION

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art 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.

CONFITEOR

“I confess to almighty God and to you my brothers and sisters that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I ask Blessed Mary—ever virgin—all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.”

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

Here are links to an examination of conscience to help understand one's thoughts, words, and deeds in order to identify any sins.  These links are to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE FOR CHILDREN

https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-children-examination-conscience

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE FOR YOUNG ADULTS

https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-young-adults-examination-of-conscience

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE FOR MARRIED PERSONS

https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-married-persons-examination-of-conscience

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE FOR SINGLE PEOPLE

https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examination-of-conscience-for-single-people

Even if you can't get to Confession during this period, you can still reflect on any minor or major mistakes you made that day and pray to God for help in the future. Also, when you can't get to Confession, consider an 'act of perfect contrition' Here is an article from the Catholic News Agency about this subject.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cant-go-to-confession-during-coronavirus-consider-an-act-of-perfect-contrition-26717

s are in McLean County unless otherwise noted.  Some churches may simply say Confessions are after 8AM M

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