Friday, 4 April 2014

The Light over the Confessional is on - a message from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin

A Message from Archbishop Martin

"When asked by an interviewer who he considered himself to be, Pope Francis surprised many by responding that the best description of himself was: “I am a sinner”.
 Lent is the season of conversion and return to God.  It is a time also in which we can rediscover the joy of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Earlier this year Pope Francis set out a challenge for us all:

“I would like to ask you — but don’t say it aloud, everyone respond in his or her own heart: when was the last time you made your confession? Two days, two weeks, two years, twenty years, forty years? And if much time has passed, do not lose another day. Be courageous and go to Confession!  Jesus will receive you; he will receive you with so much love”.
As Lent comes to a conclusion I have asked a number of Centre City Churches (listed below) in Dublin to provide Confessions continually on the
two Final Saturdays of Lent 12th and 19th April, all day from 09.30 until 18.00

There will be a number of confessors available throughout the day so that ample time will be available for a conversation about your life. 

The Light over the confessional is still on for you and I ask you to make the most of this special occasion of grace.

Other parishes may wish to associate themselves with this initiative in their own way.  Resources, posters and leaflets are available from the Office of Evangelisation.

+Diarmuid Martin,

Archbishop of Dublin

Saint Mary’s, Pro-Cathedral                                   
Saint Saviours, Dominick Street
 Saint Andrew’s, Westland Row                               
Saint Francis Xavier, Gardiner Street 
Saint Teresa’s, Clarendon Street                          
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Merrion Rd.
Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Bachelors Walk           
Saint Joseph’s, Berkely Road 
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar St.
 Our Lady Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines
  Saint John’s Priory, John's Lane                   

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