The Light is On for You
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saint Patrick will welcome Catholics back on March 3, 2015 7pm to 9pm in the church. Our Sacrament of Reconciliation will be Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00am for Lent.
On that date, every parish or pastoral region in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will open its doors from 7 to 9pm for quiet prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Penance or Confession. All Catholics are welcome, but especially those who have been away from the Church or the sacrament for some time. A similar intiative last year produced long lines for confession in many parishes, as well as positive feedback.
"The Lights is On for You is an opportunity for each of us to experience the forgiveness and joy given through the Sacrament of Reconciliation," Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, wrote in the March issue of The Catholic Telegraph, the Archidocesan newspaper. "I, too, am a sinner. I know it is never easy to speak aloud our faults and ask forgiveness. Yet, we meet Christ, the Divine Healer, in the Sacrament. I am humbled each time I hear the confession of a person seeking the mercy of Christ and spiritual wholeness."
Pope Francis has spoken warmly about the sacrament frequently since being elected pope.
A radio campaign has been promoting "The Light is On for You," and bulletin inserts and brochures have been made available to parishes to explain the sacrament and how to make a good confession. A special website, www.LightisON4u.org, contains resources for the returning penitent as well as for pastors and staff preparing for March 3.
"The Light is On for You" is being presented by the Office of the New Evangelization and the Worship Office. Funding come from the Catholic Ministries Appeal.
For more information, please contact Sean Ater, director of the Office of the New Feangelization, at 513-421-3131, ext. 2733.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic dioxese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 212 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.