This question was posed to Fr. Sherpa recently
Recently, when I went to the confessional I remembered the priest giving me absolution but for some reason when I got out I totally forgot the penance. In fact, I didn’t remember if the priest gave me penance …maybe he forgot??! (I admit I have been having some senior moments lately). Not knowing what to do and too embarressed to go back into the confessional I said 3 Hail Marys and 3 Our Fathers. Was this the right thing to do?
Fr. Vincent replied:
Yes that is perfectly fine (or words to that effect)
The same thing happened to me today I think it was just one Our Father but I can’t be certain if there were any others. I did the same. So I followed this advice. Just prayed several of the usuals
Just two questions 1) i don’t need to say to the next priest in confession that I forgot my last penance right? I probably won’t see that priest again 2) if you did say you forgot your penance would you be required to confess again?