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?