Lent 2018 Confession

Catholics in Diocese Invited to Celebrate Sacrament of Reconciliation in Lent

This Lent, Catholics throughout the Diocese of Green Bay are invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Bishop Ricken's pastoral letter, "Parishes: Called to Be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive," which is consistent with the call of Pope Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy, says this emphasis on reconciliation is meant to help all people to grow in faith.

Bishop Ricken also speaks of the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in "Teach My People to Pray," his pastoral reflection for Phase 1 of "Disciples on the Way" -- his invitation to embark on a missionary journey into the new evangelization. In "Teach My People to Pray" Bishop Ricken says: "This sacrament encourages all of us to turn back to God, to express sorrow for falling short and to open our lives to the power of God's healing grace. In this sacrament we are forgiven the injuries of the past and provided with strength for the future."

Pope Francis has asked that this be a special year to experience God's mercy ourselves, so that we can share that mercy with others. In a special way, entering the reconciliation room or confessional for the Sacrament of Penance is entering into a Door of Mercy.

Parishes will be open additional times during the Lenten season for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and personal prayer. Each parish sets its own times for confessions.

Parish Confession Times

We encourage and invite you to check parish websites and bulletins for additional confession times during Lent.

Reconciliation Resources

God's Gift of Forgiveness

A Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation from the U.S. Catholic Bishops

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El Regalo de Dios del Perdon

Exhortación Pastoral sobre el Sacramento de la Penitencia y Reconciliación

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How to Go to Confession

One page summary of the sacrament, including preparation and a step-by-step rundown of the rite itself

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Como Confessarse

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An Examination of Conscience for Young Adults

One-page list of questions for young adults to help them prepare for Confession

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An Examination of Conscience for Children

One-page list of questions for children to help them prepare for Confession

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An Examination of Conscience for Married Persons

Two-page list of questions for married persons to help them prepare for Confession

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An Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching

Two-page examination of conscience to help individuals prepare for Confession in light of Catholic Social Teaching

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Catholics Prepare for Easter by Praying, Fasting, Giving Alms During Lent

Lent_2012Lent is a time of conversion and preparation leading to the celebration of Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection -- the Paschal Mystery. Prayer, fasting, and giving alms are key ways Catholics observe Lent because these are how the Jewish people, including Jesus, have always attended to their relationship with God.

Catholics observe Lent from Ash Wednesday (February 14 this year) for 40 days until the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday (March 29, 2018). (Because every Sunday of the entire year celebrates Easter, Sundays are not part of the 40 days of Lent.) Beginning on Holy Thursday, Catholics celebrate the Easter Triduum -- Good Friday, the Easter Vigil on Saturday and Easter Sunday April 1, 2018). The Easter Triduum closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.

Fasting and Abstaining

Because Lent is a time of conversion and preparation, most Catholics are asked to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday -- that is to eat one main meal and two smaller meals with no eating between meals. There is also the obligation of abstinence -- which means no eating meat -- on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.

Rules for Fast and Abstinence

At Mass on Ash Wednesday, ashes are imposed on the foreheads of believers in keeping with ancient penitential practice and to symbolize our dependence on God's mercy and forgiveness.

During Lent, the baptized are to renew their baptismal commitment and those who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil go through a period of learning and discernment called the period of Enlightenment -- a part of the process of preparation outlined in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Observe Lent in Three Ways

The Church invites us to observe Lent each day in these ways:

  • Prayer by reading Scripture and other spiritual works, private prayer and devotions, participating in Mass
  • Fasting/Abstaining from activities or things that distract us or that are excessive in our lives, such as certain foods, gossiping, or even time spent in front of TV or the computer.
  • Almsgiving by giving money and sharing our time and talents in ways that improve the world.

As we follow these practices we continue to renew our baptismal vows in which we renounce sin and promise to seek a true conversion of our hearts and minds to follow Jesus Christ. We are reminded that in the waters of Baptism we died to ourselves, were joined with Christ in death, and then rose from the baptismal waters to begin our new life in Christ.

Bishop Ricken's Lenten List

Bishop David L. Ricken's Top Ten list of Things to Remember for Lent

Bishop Ricken's List

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