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Advent Penance Service




PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

Give yourself the gift of mercy this Christmas: Go to Confession. See your burdens lifted from you, replaced by the grace that can sanctify you.

Our Advent Penance Service is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 pm at Sacred Heart.

Remember: There are also Confessions at Sacred Heart offered on Tuesdays at 4:45pm and Saturday at 3:30pm and by appointment.

An Examination of Conscience for Confession  Am I faithful to daily prayer? When I pray, do I seek God’s will or my own?  Do I attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation?  Am I willfully distracted during the Mass, coming late and leaving early?  Do I keep the Lord’s Day holy by observing it as a day of rest?  Have I set aside resources for the financial support of my parish?  Do I volunteer my time and talent in service to others?  Do I trust in God’s loving care for me or do I doubt Him?  Do I make an effort to read Scripture and learn more about my faith?  Have I been angry with God? Myself or others?  Have I failed to love others and to be of service to my fellow man?  Am I guilty of judging others? Prejudice? Discrimination? Racism?  Have I been impatient with others? Intolerant? A gossip?  Am I nursing grudges and resentments and refusing to forgive?  Have I been quick to point out the faults of others, overlooking my own?  Am I guilty of pride, considering myself better than everyone else?  Have I refused to help someone when asked?  Have I abused animals because of cruelty and neglect?  Do I cherish and care for my body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, keeping myself pure, eating properly, getting exercise and enough rest?  Do I take pleasure in pornography or inappropriate movies and TV?  Am I guilty of acts of impurity by myself or with others? Infidelity? Pre-marital sex? Contraception?  Have I caused others to sin or failed to set a good example?  Have I been wasteful? Greedy? Envious of others?  Am I open and generous in sharing the gifts that God has given to me?  Do I live up to the responsibilities of my state in life? As a spouse? A parent? A co-worker? Student? Obeying one’s parents?  Am I unwilling to say “yes” to what God wants me to do?  Have I broken God’s Commandments? Taken His Holy Name in vain?  Do I tell lies, either to avoid getting into trouble or to make others like me?  Have I ever had an abortion or helped someone else to kill their child?  Do I steal, taking things that do not belong to me?  Do I keep the promises I make to God and other people?  Have I refrained from eating meat on the Fridays of Lent?  Have I been lazy? Am I guilty of sins of omission?



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