Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
“In this sacrament, the sinner, placing himself before the merciful judgment of God, anticipates in a certain way the judgment to which he will be subjected at the end of his earthly life. For it is now, in this life, that we are offered the choice between life and death, and it is only by the road of conversion that we can enter the Kingdom, from which one is excluded by grave sin.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church
It is in this spirit that Bishop Michael Jarrell and the Council of Priests are encouraging all people to receive the sacrament of reconciliation during the Advent season. According to the Catechism, members of the Roman Catholic Church are obligated to confess serious sins at least once a year. The season of Advent, which exists for the purpose of preparing to celebrate the birth of the savior Jesus Christ, is in many ways an ideal time to fulfill this obligation.
Thus, to further aid people in this endeavor, Bishop Jarrell has asked all church parishes of the Lafayette Diocese to support a special campaign entitled “The Light is ON for You” by offering opportunities for confession on the three Wednesdays of Advent.
Those who are in need of receiving the sacrament of reconciliation should refer to their local church parish bulletins for further information.
Please click here to learn more about the sacrament of reconciliation and how to prepare to receive it. This link will take you to a page with a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the sacrament, as well as a printable PDF copy of an examination of conscience to guide people in a prayerful review of their conduct to help them prayer to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.