Q. 1. What is necessary for the Sacrament of Confession to be valid?
A. 1. There are 5 essentials to the Sacrament of Confession. They are:
1.1 The penitent must examine his conscience.
1.2 The penitent must be contrite. He must feel sorry for his sins.
1.3 He must make a firm resolution not to offend God again through a sinful behavior.
1.4 He must confess his sins to the priest.
1.5 He must make satisfaction. That means he must fulfill the penance that he received from the priest who absolved him (received absolution) during the Sacrament of Confession.