Examine your conscience, be truly sorry for your sins, and resolve to change your life for the better. Go to the priest and say: “Bless me Father for I have sinned. It has been ____ weeks/months/years since my last confession.” Also, tell the priest your state in life whether you are married, a preteen, teenager, single adult, etc. Tell the priest your mortal sins and the number of times each was committed, and then you may confess some of your venial sins. Although it is not strictly necessary to confess venial sins, the Church encourages you to do so. If you do not know if a sin was mortal or venial, ask the priest. If you have no mortal sins, confess the venial sins you have committed since your last confession. Listen to the priest. If you have any questions about the Faith, how to grow in holiness, or whether something is a sin, feel free to ask him. The priest will then give a penance that is the first act of your “new life” after you leave the confessional. Listen as the priest absolves you of your sins and enjoy the fact that God has truly freed you from all your sins. If you forget to confess a mortal sin, you are still forgiven, but you should mention it in your next confession. Do the penance the priest gives you. If you are not sure of what to do, tell the priest and he will make it clear and easy for you. For example, if you do not know a certain prayer that the priest assigns as a penance, tell him, and he will assign one that you do know. While still in the confessional, pray the Act of Contrition loudly enough so that the priest can hear you.