I go to an Augustinian school and so we had a mass today in school to celebrate St. Augustine’ feast day. At one point during the mass the priest said to think back on the Summer and ask God for forgiveness for the sins we may have committed during it. After giving us a few moments to say them in our heads he said a few forgiveness prayers and said they were forgiven.
I’m wondering if that counts as being forgiven. He definitely made it sound like it did(I’m pretty sure he said they were absolved or something similar) but my understanding of it was that you had to go to Confession and talk privately with the priest in a Confession box to be forgiven and tell him your sins. This wasn’t like that at all. So was that ok? And does it count?