The Light is On
if you would like to be encouraged and seek inspiration for returning to the sacrament of reconciliation, please go to www.TheLightIsOnSouthernMN.org .
Information for Priests, Deacons, and Lay Ecclesial Ministers
The purpose of the initiative is to find ways to reach out to those Catholics who have not received sacramental reconciliation in years, in the pew and out of the pew. The primary target is Catholics who have drifted away from the faith and are no longer attending, and the secondary target practicing Catholics who have avoided this sacrament for a long time. Our hope is that you will encourage people in your parishes to reach out to family, friends, and neighbors with a particular invitation to sacramental reconciliation. They can do this through email, social media, and postcards (should you print them). In the process, some of them may read the materials and consider that it is time for them to return to the Lord in this sacrament as well.
The target weekend of this initiative is March 20-22, 2020. On behalf of the bishop, the Office of Missionary Discipleship is asking every parish to do the following:
- Place the time and place for confessions that weekend prominently on the front of the parish/cluster website. If your parish or cluster uses social media, place it there as well. Please include your parish’s availability in second languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, other?).
- Consider expanding your availability for confessions that weekend. We are advertising that many (not all) parishes are extending their hours for confession. This can be a minimal extension if necessary, or if your parish really promotes this heavily, a longer time. If there is no time to extend on Saturday evening, you may consider an extra hour on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon/evening. Rochester area parishes will aim their efforts toward the Co-Cathedral’s “24 Hours for the Lord” March 20-21.
- Place The Light is On URL on your website and in your bulletin: www.TheLightIsOnSouthernMN.org