I agree with the others - take turns with your child. Or, if that is not possible, perhaps take along a 'helper' who can watch your child, take the child for a walk while you take part in the sacrament, etc.
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I agree do not take your child with you and yes if you need the prayers on a piece of paper I would and just tell them you are new
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Do pass your child to your husband or vice/versa. And let the priest know you are 'new' to this and a little nervous. If he's the kind of priest you want to have as your confessor, he'll guide you. At my church for communal confessions you're out in the open with priests stationed all over the church...no one has a private moment. Just keep it short and say what's in your heart. Anything you leave out, I'm sure you're 'covered!
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I agree with having your daughter stay with the one of you who's not currently in confession. At her age, she is old enough to pick up on words and/or ask you about them. When I was very nervous in confession (I still am, but it's not as bad), the priest taught me a simple Act of Contrition: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner'. I have used that ever since and no priest has said that there's anything wrong with it. I sometimes do go with a list of things I want to confess, but now that I'm going more frequently, I usually only have 2 or 3 things, and I can remember them. I'm glad you and your husband will have the opportunity to attend this sacrament.
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TAke turns with your husband. ONe who goes first then takes the child and the second one gets in line. As for cheat sheet, yes you can bring along whatever helps you to concentrate and make a good confession. I have taken a booklet in with me that lists all by commandment and the priest said, "fine, the Holy Spirit is directing you, so go right ahead."
My DH and I haven't been to confession in quite a while. The times our parish has it is either impossible or very inconvenient due to work schedules, etc. We would really like to make it a point to go before Christmas this year. Anyway, they are having a communal pennance this coming Sunday that we would be able to make... they will have a several priests available to take confessions. The only issue is we have a 2.5 year old daughter who we would have to bring with us. Is it an issue if she comes in the confessional with one of us, being we will both be there? To complicate things, I'm a fairly new Catholic (went through RCIA about 5 years ago) and haven't gone to confession very often so I'm still unsure and nervous about it and can never remember what to do... is it ok to bring a "cheat sheet" with the order of things and the prayers, etc on it so I remember how to do it?
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