From a priest:
Blessed Christmas to you. Thanks for your response today to the person asking about writing the bishop about having priests here more confessions.
“However, don’t forget to ask the parish priest, the pastor of your parish, to hear confessions more often. Keep in mind that he might be up to his eyeballs already in administrative tasks and other busy work which relentlessly drain his energy and time.”
We hear confessions Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon (3 priests hearing), Sunday before 3 Masses and Wednesday evenings before and after 7pm Mass. We have a lot of folks coming, but sometimes we sit for long stretches of time with no penitents. And people still complain I don’t have enough confessions.
I would rather sit in the box waiting to hear confessions any time than sit in my office working on “administrative tasks,” but then they’d complain about my poor administration of the parish.
God bless em all. I’m glad they want confessions, but I’m glad you helped put it in perspective. Thanks again.
I have no idea of Father’s situation. However, perhaps a couple things will increase confession frequency.
First, a series in the bulletin about the four last things, mortal sin, the confessional.
Second, mentioning it often in preaching.
Third, confessions for a few minutes before week day Masses.
Fourth, schedule a penance service with lots of confessors (invite the bishop). Perhaps some communal experience will be an opportunity to teach and to engage.
In other words, work in something about confessions all the time and everywhere.
Otherwise, Father, be happy that your flock is so holy!
In any event… I am confident that soon those lulls will fill up. Soon he’ll be writing to ask about how he can slow them down!