The Precepts of the Church describe the minimum effort we must make in prayer and in living a moral life. All Catholics are called to move beyond the minimum by growing in love of God and love of neighbor. 

The Precepts are as follows:

  1. Attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation

  2. Confession at least once a year

  3. Reception of Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter season

  4. Observance of the days of fast and abstinence

  5. Providing for the needs of the Church

Precepts of the Church

  1. Examine your conscience

  2. Be sincerely sorry for your sins

  3. Confess your sins to a priest

  4. Resolve to amend your life

  5. After your confession do the penance the priest assigns.

Five Steps for a Good Confession

Examination of Conscience

As you prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we offer this guide to assist you.