FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2019
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, is reminding all New York Catholics that tomorrow, December 16th, the Monday before Christmas, is Reconciliation Monday.
This year locally, the theme of Reconciliation Monday is “Prepare Your Heart for Christmas.”From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., parishes throughout the diocese 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 Christmas.
Reconciliation Monday also allows the faithful to confess their sins in anonymity. “One of the advantages is that you do not have to go to your own parish, as you can go to another Church and be unknown if there is some embarrassment in knowing the priest who will hear your confession. This is the time when the priest is merely an instrument of God’s grace and that the real absolver is Jesus Christ, Himself,” said Bishop DiMarzio.
To find a parish near you in Brooklyn or Queens, go to dioceseofbrooklyn.org/