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‘Open the Door in 2024’ is theme for Evening of Confession

News of the Diocese

February 21, 2024

‘Open the Door in 2024’ is theme for Evening of Confession

The faithful throughout the eight-county Diocese of Cleveland are encouraged to take advantage of the annual Evening of Confession on Feb. 28. Churches across the diocese will be open 5-8 p.m. that night for the sacrament of reconciliation.

“Open the Door in 2024” is the theme for this year’s Evening of Confession, which has become a Lenten tradition in the diocese.

Father Damian Ference, vicar for evangelization and head of the diocesan Parish Life and Special Ministries office, said confession is the best way to obtain spiritual healing and forgiveness.

“As our bodies need to be healed, so do our souls,” he said. “We want people to come back and experience the grace of healing. When our bodies are sick, we go to a doctor. When our souls are sick, we can’t go to a doctor; we go to the divine doctor, the divine healer. If you know someone who’s been away from the Church or who is not active, invite them to come with you.”

He said it doesn’t matter how long it has been since your last confession. The Evening of Confession makes it convenient for people to take advantage of the sacrament at any church.

“Pope Francis said the ‘joy of God is the joy of forgiveness.’ God’s forgiveness ‘is a sign of his overflowing love for each of us.’” He noted that when we return to God and seek forgiveness, he always welcomes us with joy.

In addition to the sacrament of reconciliation, pastors are encouraged to offer simple adoration during the Evening of Confession.

Reconciliation resources are available for those who may need them. Click here for an examination of conscience. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops produced a guide on going to confession that is available here and additional Lenten resources can be found here.

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