From a reader:
Would it be appropriate to write a bishop asking if diocesan priests
under his leadership be encouraged to hear confessions more regularly? Most parishes seem to only have confessions on Saturday afternoons. I know our priests are busy, but I read your entries asking priests to beef up their confession schedule, and I know I’m not the only one who would appreciate more opportunities. How does one go about making this a reality? Should we go straight to the top, as it were?
Sure, you can always write to the local bishop to express your concerns or aspirations. I encourage you to take a look at my tips for writing to ecclesiastical authorities.
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.
And if you are really interested in helping to promote more opportunities for confession, then you have to get involved all the way. In for a penny, in for a pound.
You also have to help promote vocations to the priesthood.
Get involved with the local Serra Club or other organization which supports seminarians and promotes vocations to the priesthood. I don’t mean promotion of some vague program for “vocations”, whereby every possible Christian walk of life is being praised. Work to promote vocations to the priesthood.
Priests hear confessions, not deacons, not women religious, not married people. Priests.
If we want more priests to hear more confessions, we need more priests.
That is the concern of every Catholic.