I have a regular confessor and I have a strong preference for confessing to him, although I will gladly go to another priest in case of necessity. He knows me well (in and out of the confessional) and gives thoughtful, personal, and sometimes difficult penances that are designed to truly help me to overcome my particular sins and weaknesses.
My children are going on a retreat next week that is connected with their religious education program. On the day that they will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is expected that parents will also go to Confession, to set a good example for our children.
So here’s my dilemma: I went to Confession recently and Father gave me a penance that I failed to complete, through my own weakness. Due to embarrassment (pride!), I have great difficulty admitting to him that I have failed. Confessing this failure to another priest seems like an easy way out that I should not take. If I confess to the priest at the retreat (including this failure), should I also mention it to my regular confessor the next time that I confess to him?