Catholics in Diocese Invited to Celebrate Sacrament of Reconciliation During Lent
GREEN BAY, Wis. (Feb. 5, 2013) -- This Lent, Catholics throughout the Diocese of Green Bay, especially those who have been away from the Church or the sacrament, are being invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As part of Bishop David L. Ricken's pastoral letter, "Parishes: Called to Be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive," and consistent with the Year of Faith called by Pope Benedict XVI, this emphasis on reconciliation is meant to help all people to grow in faith.
Parishes Add Reconciliation TimesIn keeping with the theme "The Light is On for You," parishes will be open for additional times during this Lenten season for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and personal prayer. Each parish is setting its own times for confessions, but 14 parishes in different parts of the diocese will all be offering the sacrament from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday evening during Lent (Feb. 20 through March 27). These parishes are:
Time of Conversion and Preparation
Lent is historically a time of conversion and preparation leading up to the celebration of Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection. Catholics observe Lent from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13 this year) for 40 days until the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday (March 28 this year).
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.
Church Recommends Three PracticesThe Church invites Catholics to observe Lent in these ways:
- Prayer by reading Scripture and other spiritual works, private prayer and devotions, participating in Mass.
- Fasting/abstaining by fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday – eating one main meal and two smaller meals with no eating between meals -- and by not eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.
- Almsgiving by giving money and sharing our time and talents in ways that improve the world.
Who We Are
The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 345,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.
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