Lent is a distinctive time in the liturgical calendar. It is the season that prepares our hearts for remembering Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Over the 40 days of Lent, Catholics are encouraged to embrace the principles of fasting, prayer and giving outwardly to grow closer in Christ.
On Wednesday, March 20 from 5 to 8 p.m., the annual Evening of Confession will take place. This diocesan-wide initiative invites all Catholics to attend any of the 185 parishes within the eight counties the diocese serves to experience the sacrament of reconciliation.
The neighboring Diocese of Youngstown will participate again this year on the same day, although, the time will be 6:30-8 p.m.
In the sacrament of reconciliation, each person is given an opportunity to speak to Christ through the priest. Every person has the opportunity to receive God’s gift of loving forgiveness and mercy. Absolution enables each person to reconcile with God, and in God’s love, with themselves and with their community.
Evening of Confession also serves as a welcome back for those who have been away from the Church. Parishes will have resources, staff or other parish members available for anyone who may be looking to reconnect with a parish after March 20.
“God knows the brokenness and the hurt,” said Alex Yates, director of youth ministry at Holy Angels Parish in Chagrin Falls. “I know that God is waiting for me. I would like to say ‘God, I’m sorry.’”
“Pope Francis explains that God’s forgiveness is a sign of his love for each of us,” said Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND and secretary for parish life and development. “Let this love welcome you with open arms and understanding. Let God speak to you.”
For more information visit the Evening of Confession events page.
Find resources for confession here.