The Sacrament of Penance has been devastated far and wide due to decades of neglect from bishops and priests. However, in some places it is being revived. Young priests especially are giving it some new impetus and some bishops are asking that confession times be more widely offered. I hope that this Year of Mercy might, if it accomplishes nothing else, give a little oomph to the revival of the Sacrament of Penance.
Thus to my point. A relatively new priest where I am is as part of his pastoral mandate serving as chaplain for a large Catholic summer camp. He put together a handy portable contraption which serves as confessional lights. You know the drill. Father gets into the confessional and turns on the light indicating that he is in there. The light over the penitents door – when there is no penitent within – is either dark or green. When a penitent enters and (usually) kneels down, the outside light either turns on or turns red, depending on how the system is set up.
Now to this video…
I wonder if Father has made a clear diagram of the circuitry so that other priests can make these.
Kudos to Fr. Gernetzke who, by the way, took the bishop’s urging seriously and learned how to read Holy Mass also in the traditional form of the Roman Rite before he was ordained. He is now one of the priests who actually knows his Roman Rite and is not half-informed. Father also generous serves on Pontifical Mass crews when the Extraordinary Ordinary pontificates. I believe his next outing will be for the Feast of the Most Precious Blood when we use our new red pontifical set for the first time in its fullness.
GO TO CONFESSION!