Rochester Diocese sets 2024 Day of Penance and Mercy - Catholic Courier
A woman kneels in prayer.

A parishioner of Our Mother of Sorrows Church in Greece kneels in prayer during the Day of Penance March 25, 2014. (Courier file photo)

Rochester Diocese sets 2024 Day of Penance and Mercy

For the first time since the COVID pandemic in 2020, a Day of Penance and Mercy will be presented in parishes throughout the Diocese of Rochester, on Feb. 22, the feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

In a memo to priests and pastoral administrators, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano wrote that the day is intended “as a means to welcome home Catholics no longer among the worshipping community” and noted “the Sacrament of Penance as an integral part of the national Eucharistic Revival.”

The feast of the Chair of St. Peter was chosen for the Day of Penance and Mercy because it embodies the unity and solidarity of the universal church and the pope in Rome, explained Mark Capellazzi, project coordinator for youth and young-adult ministry for the diocese.

Parishes have been asked to make the sacrament of reconciliation available on Feb. 22 or another day during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis has published a listing in the diocesan website’s section on the National Eucharistic Revival of extended opportunities being offered for the sacrament of penance on or near the Day of Penance and Mercy.

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