Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

Pope Francis did two really cool things

First, yesterday, Pope Francis went to a parish near Ostia (Rome’s ancient port where St. Augustine’s mother, St. Monica, died – today is her feast in the traditional calendar). Before saying Mass, His Holiness heard confessions!
Fathers… hear confession!
Second, the Pope … Continue reading

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Feedback and a confessional story

From a reader…
I went to confession! It had been 10 years. Your encouragement helped me get up the nerve to go. The hardest part was actually going to the church. I wrote down every single thing I wanted to say … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Haven’t been to confession for 40 years

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’m 49 and haven’t been to confession since I was about 9 I say prayers every day and pop into church now and then to light candles the thing is I’ve not been to well recently and would … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dressing up for confession

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A blessed Holy Week to you! I just had a question about proper attire for confession. We hear a lot about attire for Mass, rightly so, but I’m wondering if we should dress up for other sacraments, like confession? I understand … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confessor interrupted and I didn’t get to confess everything

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
This Sunday I went to Confession for the first time in ~2 years. As you always say, I tried to make a good examination of conscience.
One problem is that Father chimed in with comments or advice as I … Continue reading

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Of the Premonstratensian Rite and Confessions

I received a note from the MC at my friend Fr. Ray Blake’s parish in Brighton.  They recently had a retreat which ended with Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Premonstratensian Rite (Norbertine). There are some fine photos. … Continue reading

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25 March: St. Dismas – The Good Thief

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation (9 months before Christmas).
However, today is also the feast day of the “Good Thief”, known by tradition as St. Dismas.
Here is his entry from the Martyrologium Romanum:
2. Commemoratio sancti latronis, qui, in cruce … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can confessions be heard during Mass in the Extraordinary Form?

From a reader:
Is it appropriate for a priest to be hearing confessions while Extraordinary Form Mass has started? My priest seemed to think it was never done in the “old” days as he called it.
Yes, confessions were often heard during … Continue reading

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Both kind and number

From a reader:
A positive anecdote from the penance service from my parish last night (a different parish than the aforementioned one):
The retreat master (a Jesuit) was prepping the penitents for confession and said “…AND I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANY NUMBERS! … Continue reading

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JUBILEE YEAR ANNOUNCED – OF MERCY!

On the 2nd anniversary of his election to the See of Peter, Pope Francis announced a Jubilee Year “of Mercy”.
The Jubilee will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on the 8 December 2015, Feast … Continue reading

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