Diocese of Venice, Florida promotes Sacrament of Penance during Lent

WDTPRS kudos go out to His Excellency Most Rev. Frank Dewayne, Bishop of Venice in Florida for a diocese-wide effort, called “The Light Is On” campaign, to get people to go to confession during Lent.

The diocese has bought time on TV for a commercial and is also advertising in other ways the fact that, during Lent, all parishes will have a confessor available at given times.

Here is the commercial which will run during prime time.

The Light is On For You from Diocese of Venice on Vimeo.

Also, throughout Lent the Diocese of Venice will run English and Spanish radio ads, as well as ads on bus shelters, billboards etc. The commercials and ads will point people to a special website set up precisely for this campaign.

This website includes a Guide to Confession, explanations as to why we go to Confession, as well as video interviews with local priests answering common questions about the Sacrament.

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14 Responses to Diocese of Venice, Florida promotes Sacrament of Penance during Lent

  1. Cephas218 says:

    Archdiocese of Washington, and Diocese of Arlington have been doing this initiative for a few years now. It’s great being on public transportation and seeing an invitation to get to Confession. Welcome aboard, Venice!!

  2. Augustin57 says:

    Boy, I wish our diocese would do that! As it is now, my parish offers Confession for 30 minutes at 6:30pm on Thursday’s. The other parish in town offers Confession on Saturday afternoons from 4:30-5pm. Small windows of opportunity!

  3. Padraig Smythe says:

    Not surprised by this at all, and I’m not surprised the priest (or actor) pictured is wearing a cassock! May God bring blessings to this Diocese.

  4. Sieber says:

    About a year after our new pastor came aboard here at St. Nemo’s in Eastpond Village not far from St. John’s Seminary. There was a small notice in the parish bulletin. It simply announced that confessions would no longer be heard on the Thursday before First Fridays and on the eve of Holy Days due to lack of interest. Confession will still be heard for 45 minutes on Saturday afternoons.
    The neighboring parish has continuous adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Confessions are heard Saturday afternoons until the vigil Mass begins & again at 8:00 PM until all confessions are heard. There are at least two priests in the evenings and the lines are long.

  5. APX says:

    @Padraig Smythe
    Not to mention using an actual Confessional rather than a reconciliation room.

  6. MominTexas says:

    That’s awesome!

  7. StJude says:

    Awesome videos!

  8. Anne 2 says:

    In response to the HHS madate violating our religious conscience, Bishop Dewane of our Venice FL Diocese has also asked all Catholics in our Diocese to do two things. Perhaps some of you might join us.
    ” First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored. Without God, we can do nothing; with God , nothing is impossible.
    Second, I would also recommend visiting http://www.usccb.org/conscience to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty, and how to contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the Administration’s decision. “

  9. Anne 2 says:

    In response to the HHS mandate against religious freedom and conscience, Bishop Dewane of our Venice FL Diocese has also asked us to do two things. Perhaps you all might like to join us.
    ” First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored. Without God, we can do nothing; with God, nothing is impossible.
    Second, I would also recommend visiting http://www.usccb.org/conscience , to learn more about this servere assault on religious liberty, and how to contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the Administration’s decision. “

  10. AnnAsher says:

    Why Shrove Tuesday? Until today when I decided to google. Shrove is past tense of Shrive and to Shrive is to hear a confession, assign penance and grant absolution. So apparently Priests then are Shrivers ? I’m guessing traditionally today was a day to for pennance?

  11. ajf1984 says:

    His Excellency has been truly a godsend to the Diocese of Venice in FL. I’m sorry that I’m no longer under his pastoral care, but I’ve moved under Archbishop Listecki’s jurisdiction, so I can’t really complain. May God continue to bless His Church in Florida!

  12. mamajen says:

    I wish my diocese would spend money on something like this.

  13. FloridaJoan says:

    I am so pleased to read this. Praise God and God bless Bishop Frank Dewane ( our Bishop ).

    pax et bonum
    Joan

  14. Philangelus says:

    There’s a similar initiative going on in Fairfield county, CT. As you drive along I-95, there are billboards saying that they’ll have Confession at every parish on….er, I think Thursday nights? Very cool. (I’m not in Fairfield county, so I don’t need to remember.)

    May God bless these efforts and be generous with the graces that help us respond to them.