Putting the Act of Contrition Together

Activity Objective

To review the Act of Contrition

Lesson Outcome

The children will learn to pray the Act of Contrition.


  • Slips of paper (each line of the Act of Contrition written on a separate slip?two sets of slips)
  • Two large pieces of paper
  • Glue


  • Arrange the children in two groups.
  • Each group member receives a slip of paper with a line from the Act of Contrition.
  • Explain that the goal is to order the members of the group so that the prayer appears correctly.
  • Instruct the groups to work with their backs to each other.
  • Ask the groups to indicate when they are ready and have the groups turn and face each other.
  • If the groups do not agree, encourage interaction between the groups to get things sorted out.
  • Instruct each group to have its members glue their lines in the appropriate order on the large pieces of paper.
  • Display the completed prayers.
  • Gather all the children together in a circle and pray the Act of Contrition.

Learning Styles

Body Smart, Word Smart

Approximate Time

10 minutes


Act of Contrition: 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.