Skip to comments.Pope Francis Tells Priests: Keep Churches Open, Hear Confessions
Posted on 04/01/2013 6:23:47 AM PDT by marshmallow
Pope Francis joined a prominent Vatican official and seven priests for lunch on Holy Thursday and emphasized the importance of hearing confessions, according to a priest who was present at the meeting
Archbishop Giovanni Becciu has a longtime custom of inviting priests to join him for lunch on Holy Thursday a custom that predates his 2011 appointment as sostituto, the deputy secretary of state responsible for the internal affairs of the Roman Curia. When Pope Francis heard about the meal with the priests, most of whom work with the poor, he said he wanted to attend.
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Ours has confession once a month.
Not nearly enough time for the parish at only three hours.
I’m always amazed (not really) at how long the line for Communion is and how short the line for Confession is.
Our’s has 30 minutes before Mass and by appointment.
They lock the doors at my Church in the evening.
Unfortunately the Priest forgot to lock the doors a couple of weeks ago and the poor box got robbed, Torn right out of the wall.
We have confessions every Saturday and twice a week during lent. I would guess only 10% of the parisioners bother to go.
For Catholics who have a 9-5 job, it is very convenient to have noontime weekday confessions.
The one in Hartford always has a line of 20.
My own parish only offers it on Saturday. There is rarely a line.
Here are the times for Confession at our parish:
Reconciliation: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Saturday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sunday: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
We even have Confession during Sunday Mass, the priest only taking a break to help distribute Holy Communion. The amazing thing is that the lines for Confession are ALWAYS long. Build it, and they will come.
We have confessions every Tuesday and Saturday before evening Mass and during Lent they added Wednesday evening and by appointment. All of our RCIA class went to Confession even the ones being Baptized and one of those came out sobbing. It’s strongly encouraged in our parish. We also have archdiocesian Penance services before Easter and Christmas. Those are always crowded. I wish that they would do them more often. Always lines here. Too bad some parishes neglect this wonderful sacrament. Step 5 baby. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Remember - the priest is there representing Jesus. I focus on that truth. I know that the Protestants don’t want that intermediary but Step 5 from AA and Al-Alon makes it clear that having another person in the mix is very powerful.
An hour before the vigil mass for a bigger parish sends the message that it must not be too big of a deal. That’s 4 hours a month. Bare minimum once a year confession is something like 80 people in an hour, less than one minute confessions. 3 hours once a month would be even worse, one less hour. Are several parishes sharing a priest or something?
How about calling for disciplining Democrat Catholic politicians who believe in abortion and gay marriage?
We have confession Wednesday evenings, Saturday afternoons, and ‘anytime you want confession, just stop one of the priests. That is our first priority.’ The lines are always long. It is the sign of a healthy church, I believe.
As a priest who has two sizable parishes and a small financially struggling school, I offer Confession at one of the churches once a week and any time by appointment. I find it amusing that some folks think we padres are machines that are not supposed to get tired, wear out or burn out. In addition, if only, like St. Padre Pio, I could figure out how to bi-locate. All I ask, pray for many holy vocations to the priesthood.
We are blessed at our parish, a minor Basilica, to have a half hour of Confession before every Mass: two daily, and seven on the weekends. And there are almost always lines.
While acknowledging all you say about priests being over committed and spread too thin, please do not forget that many people find confession difficult. They require anonymity to muster the courage to approach the Sacrament. Confession by appointment does nothing to encourage such penitents, who frequently need the Sacrament as badly as anyone.
Confession twice a week here and sometimes they go far over the one hour the priest alots for them.
PS. The signs of a great church are twofold: Long Confession lines and Lots of vocations.
Once per MONTH???? Our is every Saturday for 1.5 hours, and then 30 minutes prior to each mass, including weekdays 8 AM mass. Plus by appointment. I feel blessed!
our parish church is about 4 minutes walk away and has confession during each Sunday mass. But there are 3 others in walking distance that have confessions during the week and there are quite a few churches around Warsaw
We can be thankful that our Great High Priest Jesus never closes His door to us...and is open and avaiable to us 24/7......He doesn’t have store hours.
No need to be coy. Just say that you do not believe in auricular confession despite what Scripture teaches. Show us what kind of a spine you have or are you simply an invertebrate?
"Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven." Matthew 18:18
"When He had said this, He breathed on them; and He said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained." John 20:22-23
"If then any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away, behold all things are made new. But all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Christ; and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. For God indeed was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing to them their sins; and He hath placed in us the word of reconciliation. For Christ therefore we are ambassadors, God as it were exhorting by us. For Christ, we beseech you, be reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
"Is any of you sad? Let him pray. Is he cheerful in mind? Let him sing. Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much." James 5:13-16
So does the Jesus that Catholics worship.
So we have something in common.
But does your church offer Confession?
...”So does the Jesus that Catholics worship”.....
Some comments good to let scroll by....this is one of them.
The irony is, if you, the priest, look like you are burning out, who, after looking at you, will respond to their calling to the priesthood?
Keep on chugging, and remember to express your joy about the really wonderful parts of your job, so people will be attracted to it, and ponder a calling.
Unfortunately with the Pope ignoring the Rubrics or Canon law concerning the mass(washing the feet of women), along with Canon law and rubrics , priests/pastors will ignore suggestions, as many already do.
We have the opportunity for Reconciliation four times a week, and the lines are always long...in may cases, the Fathers end up staying for at least an extra 45 minutes to ensure that everyone in line has the chance to confess.
Thank you, Father. Your request is added to my prayer list. Easter blessings!
Better said, I believe that Jesus Christ is our High Priest, and He is always willing and available for whatever we need to confess...and it is He who forgives...and He who paid the price that we might have forgiveness.
The veil/curtain that separated the people from God was torn in two opening the way into the very presence of God...that we might enter “boldly” and that by the shed blood of Christ. He is our Great High Priest now and forevermore.......
Since this is so, why confess to a man who is a sinful creature, even if called a Priest, when I can go to Christ himself?
I understand that some people believe they need, or that their faith/doctrines requires them to seek forgiveness through the established Priesthood of their denomination/church...... and taught such from the time they are youngsters. I don't share that belief. I believe Christ is more than sufficient, able and willing that we come to Him....and again....He is available to us 24/7...and there are no loose ends...for HE knows our heart and our very thoughts and motives.