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Experience the healing love of Christ through reconciliation March 15

The Light Is ON For You Graphic in English and SpanishCome and experience the healing love of Christ through the sacrament of reconciliation!

An invitation from Bishop Walkowiak:

God's infinite mercy is always available to us. The sacrament of penance offers us the opportunity to arise anew in Christ. “The Light is ON for You: An Evening of Penance” event has concluded, but there are many opportunities to receive the sacrament of penance throughout the Lenten season and the year. Why not reach out to the Lord in faith and ask for His mercy as we prepare for His coming again on Easter morning? Contact a parish near you for reconciliation times.

About "The Light Is ON For You: An Evening of Penance"

Thursday, March 15, 2018
5-8 p.m.

View the list of participating parishes

On March 15, during the season of Lent, a majority of the parishes of the Diocese of Grand Rapids had a priest(s) available from 5 - 8 p.m. to hear confessions. Confession is available year-round in our churches, but the season of Lent by its nature is an opportune time for those who've been away from the Church and even those who've been here all along to seek the Lord’s mercy and renew and restore our relationship with Jesus through the sacrament of penance.

Pope Francis reminded us in his homily at the conclusion of the Holy Year of Mercy, “God has no memory of sin, but only of us, of each of us, we who are his beloved children. And he believes that it is always possible to start anew, to raise ourselves up.” (Holy Mass for the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy, November 2016)

What is the sacrament of reconciliation?

"(Confession) is a place for people to come as they are and find themselves forgiven and welcomed by God." - Father Jim McDermott, S.J.
In his abundant love and mercy, Jesus Christ established the sacrament of reconciliation, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. This sacrament, also known as the sacrament of penance, or confession, “washes us clean,” and helps us discover anew God's love for us. (Read "God is madly in love with you," from FAITH Grand Rapids magazine, Oct. 2014)

How to make a good confession
Pope Francis: Confession is for the courageous
Busted Halo's Confession 101 Video Series (Part 1 | Part 2)  

Opportunities to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation in our diocese

  • Reconciliation during Lent: 
    Catholic churches throughout our 11-county diocese are offering the sacrament of reconciliation at specific times throughout the season of Lent. Find a parish near you, by visiting our Parish List page.
  • Weekend confession times in our parishes year-round:
    To locate and contact a parish near you for opportunities and times, visit our Parish List page.

Links and other resources (The Light is ON For You, Archdiocese of Boston) 

Return to Lenten resources