Catholics invited to confession April 10 during 'Be Reconciled' Day
Now that the Lenten season has begun, the Catholic Diocese of Rockford is again inviting people to come to confession during its "Be Reconciled" initiative set for Wednesday, April 10.
Bishop David J. Malloy, recognizing the need for God's grace and forgiveness in the lives of Catholics, has again asked all 105 parishes in the 11-county diocese to add Wednesday, April 10, to their regular Lenten confession calendar and, where possible, to offer confessions that day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The goal of "Be Reconciled" is to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation more accessible, especially for people who have been away or hesitant about confession for many months or many years.
"'Be Reconciled' Day is a wonderful opportunity to share in God's love by receiving the mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is a great day for us priests to help those we serve open the doors to grace and their personal friendship with Christ," Bishop Malloy said. "So it is only natural to continue offering an entire day of confessions and again, invite everyone to 'Be Reconciled', especially to those who have been away from the sacrament for years."
"The Lenten season is always an important time for us to take stock of our spiritual lives. By the Church's tradition of prayer, fasting and charity, we draw closer to Christ and to the Church. Our souls are laid open to be strengthened by Christ's love, grace and forgiveness so it is a real privilege to focus on the opportunity to offer that forgiveness," Bishop Malloy said.
The bishop added that "The old saying goes, confession is good for the soul and it's true."
There are many people who have felt the longing for reconciliation but, because of fear or other reasons, have put off going to confession. Bishop Malloy also suggests that Catholics invite someone they might know who has been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to take part in "Be Reconciled" on April 10 or anytime during Lent.
Invitations to "Be Reconciled" Day are being made through advertising in print, on radio and television, through parishes and through a dedicated page on the Diocese of Rockford website at bereconciled.rockforddiocese.org.
The site includes confession times for all parishes in the Rockford Diocese as well as information and resources about the sacrament. For the most current information about "Be Reconciled" follow the Diocese of Rockford on Twitter and Facebook.
You also can check local confession times by downloading myParish App available free in the App Store or on Google Play.
Established in 1908, the Diocese of Rockford is comprised of 105 parishes in Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties in Northern Illinois serving a Catholic population of more than 300,000. For more about the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, visit www.rockforddiocese.org.