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Dear parishioners and friends,
In the General Audience Address of November 11, 2013 Pope Francis said: “In the Creed, through which we make our Profession of Faith every Sunday, we state: ‘I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins’”. Then this catechetical lesson leads to this beautiful saying about Confession:
The Sacrament of Penance or Confession is, in fact, like a “second baptism” that refers back always to the first to strengthen and renew it. In this sense, the day of our Baptism is the point of departure for this most beautiful journey, a journey towards God that lasts a lifetime, a journey of conversion that is continually sustained by the Sacrament of Penance. Think about this: when we go to confess our weaknesses, our sins, we go to ask the pardon of Jesus, but we also go to renew our Baptism through his forgiveness. And this is beautiful, it is like celebrating the day of Baptism in every Confession. Therefore, Confession is not a matter of sitting down in a torture chamber, rather it is a celebration. Confession is for the baptized! To keep clean the white garment of our Christian dignity!
My friends, it has been said the key to understanding and living out the Lenten journey is Baptism. For the catechumens, they go through different steps and prayers in preparation for the water of rebirth. For the baptized, we are called to renew our baptism or to use the words of Pope Francis, to “renew our Baptism through” God’s forgiveness. As your parish priest, I have arranged it so that every person who desires to celebrate “the day of Baptism in every Confession,” will have an opportunity.
Our Regular Confession times are Monday 6:00-6:30PM at MQA, Saturday 3:00-3:30PM at SJP2 and Sunday 4:00-4:30PM at SJP2.
MQA and SJP2 will participate in The Light is ON for You: An evening of Penance,” on Thursday, March 16. A priest will be available in the confessional of each respective parish to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance from 5:00-8:00PM.
On the 3rd Sunday of Lent, March 19, Fr. Lam will be available after Religious Ed for confession from 12:15-12:45.
On Laetare Sunday/4th Sunday of Lent March 26, before and after the 7:30AM Mass at MQA (6:30AM and 8:30-9:00AM), a priest will be available for confession.
We also have another great opportunity: our cluster-wide Penance Service which will be on March 29th at SJP2. Nine priests will be available for the Sacrament of Confession starting at 6PM.
Finally, every Wednesday and Thursday evening during Lent (except April 5-6) I will be in the confessional to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance during Religious Education at SJP2 from 6:00-7:15PM.
Let’s celebrate “the day of Baptism in every Confession!” Baptism seals us to Christ. Confession renews and strengthens our relationship with the Lord whose death and resurrection have reconciled us with God. I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Lam T. Le, Pastor