Last year I posted about some sheets developed by my friend the great Fr. Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, to help people with an examination of conscience before going to confession. He made them available at the blog of his parish, Our Lady of the Rosary in Blackfen.
Parish websites could have something like this available for their parishioners.
Of course the priests would also have to hear confessions, wouldn’t they?
Check it out HERE.
I put a supply of these leaflets outside the confessional so that people can use them and take them home with them. I usually print them on coloured pre-printed leaflet blanks.
I use the children’s leaflet for confessions in the Junior School and for children making their first confession. I use the “teenagers” leaflet for my Faith Youth Group and for the Confirmation Class.
Confession leaflet for children
– A5 leaflet suitable for children aged 7-10.
Confession leaflet for teenagers
– A4 tri-fold leaflet suitable for young people 11-16.
Confession leaflet for adults – A4 tri-fold
leaflet for adults.
Those are on the paper format A4, common to Europe. But you can adapt.
I will add that we must confess all our mortal sins… not “the thing that is bothering me today”… in both kind (what the sin is) and number (how many times or frequency). No, really. I am not making this up. Kind and number. Kind and number. Kind and number.