FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2018
CHURCHES OPEN FOR CONFESSION ON RECONCILIATION MONDAY
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, in partnership with Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, and Bishop John Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, is reminding New York Catholics that March 26th, the Monday before Easter, is Reconciliation Monday.
From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., parishes throughout the dioceses and archdiocese will be open for walk-in confessions. The goal of Reconciliation Monday is to encourage Catholics to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Easter Sunday. This day also allows the faithful to confess their sins in anonymity, by offering an opportunity for them to go to a parish other their own. “This enables people to confess their sins with confidence and completeness,” said Bishop DiMarzio.
To promote Reconciliation Monday, the Diocese of Brooklyn, Archdiocese of New York, and Diocese of Rockville Centre launched an ad campaign, in both English and Spanish. The digital and print ads, created by DeSales Media Group, the communications arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, read: “Lighten Up. Experience the power of forgiveness this Easter.” The idea behind the slogan is that sins can weigh you down, but through confession, your burdens will be lightened. In going to confession, we also experience the light of God.
Pope Francis tells us “Every time we go to confession, God embraces us.”
To find a parish near you, go to https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/
Reconciliation Monday English ad:
Reconciliation Monday Spanish ad: