The healing power of forgiveness

Forgiveness — both seeking and offering it — is one of the great challenges of our Catholic faith. But it is also among its greatest treasures. Lent presents us with the opportunity to examine our lives and rediscover the sacrament of reconciliation.

“The Sacrament of Confession is a great comfort in times of uncertainty. Priests are to use only those spaces that have a screen with a cloth separating the priest and the pentient as much as possible to prevent airflow. If that is not feasible, priests are to move to a larger space and set up a screen with a cloth. Confessions must be made individually and made never be heard via social media or telephone. While the Day of Penance scheduled for April 1 is cancelled, priests should regularly be available for confessions, and as requested.” – Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, March 17. pastoral letter.

In this video, Sister of Mercy Cynthia Serjak describes her Lenten forgiveness journey and how the act of goodwill can bring new possibilities of love and joy.

Guide to Confession

For many, the confessional can be an intimidating place, especially for those who have been away from the Sacrament.  That is why Busted Halo created a printable guide, explaining the Sacrament’s steps, that you can bring with you into the confessional. 

A craft about Penance and Reconciliation

Looking for a craft to do with the kids, especially with the suspension of faith-formation and religious education classes? Click on the button below for a craft that provides children a chance to reflect on their own lives and the sins they need to confess.

Live stream information

In response to information provided by local and state government and health officials concerning the coronavirus, the Diocese of Rochester has suspended public Masses until further notice. Priests will continue to celebrate private Mass, and some diocesan parishes plan to continue livestreaming. Here is the list of parishes planning to livestream private Masses.  

(Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will celebrate Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent  March 29 at 11 a.m. Click on the button for the livestream.)


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