One of the Five Precepts of the Catholic Church is to confess our sins once a year. Some Catholics say that the reason they don’t celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation is because they can’t remember all the steps. Well, the priest will always help you with that, but here is a brief explanation.
Act of Contrition - Traditional
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins because of they 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 they grace to sin no more
and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
Act of Contrition - Modern
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.