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Catholic parishes once again offer confessions during Be Reconciled day on Wednesday, March 16

March 09, 2016

Diocese of Rockford - Recognizing the need to share God's grace, mercy and forgiveness, Bishop David Malloy and all the parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford once again invite all Catholics to confession during Be Reconciled day on Wednesday, March 16.
The Be Reconciled initiative started in 2014 with Bishop David Malloy to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession easily available on one particular day in all 105 parishes in the 11 counties of the Diocese of Rockford. Through Be Reconciled, Bishop Malloy asks the parishes, wherever possible, to open for confession from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
According to Catholic teachings, the Sacrament of Reconciliation teaches the love and grace of God to those who repent of their sins and confess to a priest who gives God's forgiveness.  Catholics must be in a state of grace and be free of any mortal sin before receiving Communion, which for Catholics is the real presence of Jesus Christ.
Bishop David Malloy said "Being in the season of Lent, it is always important for us to take stock of our spiritual life. With the traditional prayer of the Church, fasting and charity, we draw closer to Christ and his church. Our souls are open to be strengthened by the love, grace and forgiveness of Christ. The mercy of Jesus in the confessional can heal even old and deep wounds and so to be strengthened by Christ's love, grace and forgiveness. The mercy of Jesus in the confessional can heal even old and deep wounds, and for that we are better.
"Pope Francis reminds us constantly that there is no limit and no end to the mercy of God. We need only turn to Him and ask for it," said Bishop Malloy. And that is what Be Reconciled day is about and why Bishop David Malloy is once again inviting all Catholics, "no matter how much has happened," to go to confession. Through his weekly column in the newspaper The Observer, his monthly writings in the newspaper The Observer, in parish bulletins, in  advertisements in newspapers, radio and television.
"The goal of this day is summed up in the motto,"Be Reconciled". There are many people who have felt the desire for reconciliation but, for fear or for other reasons, have not gone to confession. If you know someone who has been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation, invite them to "Be Reconciled" on April 9 or at any time during Lent. If that person is you, the opportunity for reconciliation, to discuss your questions or concerns with a priest or just to make your Lenten confession is there. Let us make this Lent a time of deep and joyful reconciliation to which Pope Francis has called us," said Bishop Malloy.
To learn more about Be Reconciled, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and confession times in parishes near you, visit bereconciled.rockforddiocese.org

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