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This Wednesday, February 28th, Christ the King is participating in the “The Light Is On for You” campaign.  On this date, every parish in the diocese will be offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  It’s important for all of us to make a good confession as part of our Lenten preparation, but this is an especially great opportunity for people who have been away from the sacrament for awhile to come back and experience the grace that we need to heal from the wounds of sin and to transform our lives.


If you haven’t received the sacrament for awhile, it can be really nerve-wracking to think about going back into the confessional.  The diocese has set up a web site ( designed to make it as easy as possible!  It’s got some great resources to help folks out, including:


  • Short videos that explain what confession is, why it’s so necessary, and how to make a good confession
  • Resources to help people examine their consciences and to walk people through the steps of the sacrament
  • Answers to common questions that many people have about the Sacrament of Reconciliation


For some of you, it may have been awhile since you’ve been to confession.  But I’m sure that all of us know people who could use a little encouragement, whether it’s someone who’s been at arm’s length from the Church for awhile, or even one of the many people who practice their faith regularly but either don’t understand the need for confession or find it intimidating.  Therefore, I’d encourage all of you to reach out to someone and encourage them.  Here are some easy ways things you can do:


  • Spend a little time in prayer, asking God to put one person’s name on your heart who might benefit from a gentle nudge toward the sacrament
  • Extend an invitation to that person, and be ready to listen attentively and non-judgmentally to any reasons they have for not wanting to go
  • Using the diocesan web site, or any other resources you might have, give them information that can help address their fears or concerns
  • Offer some practical help – looking up times and places where confession is offered (especially if they want to go to a priest they don’t know!), give them a ride, sit in the church and pray for them while they’re in the confessional, sit and talk with them about their experience afterwards, etc.


Can you imagine how transformative this Lent could be if everyone who reads this column simply invited one person back to the Sacrament of Reconciliation?  So many of us have experienced God lifting huge weights off of our shoulders through this Sacrament; we should want that same feeling of joy and freedom for those we love.  Please give some thought to whom you might reach out to; the benefit to them – and to you – could be extraordinary!