Catholics throughout the Diocese of Rochester are encouraged to receive the sacrament of reconciliation during the fourth-annual Day of Penance and Mercy, which will be held March 9.
That day priests will be available to hear individual confessions at every parish in the diocese between 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., although the priests at parishes with multiple worship sites likely will divide their time between the various locations. Signs will be posted outside the churches where priests will be hearing confessions inside, and Catholics wishing to receive the sacrament may stop into whichever church is most convenient for them, noted Mary Dundas, diocesan coordinator of evangelization and sacramental catechesis.
Diocesan officials hope the Day of Penance and Mercy will provide an opportunity for Catholics to rediscover the sacrament, Dundas said, noting that on each of the three previous Days of Penance there were significant numbers of people who availed themselves of the sacrament after being away from it for several decades.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on the Day of Penance and Mercy or the sacrament of reconciliation, visit http://forgiven.dor.org.