Guidelines and Times for Confessions
As most of you know, with the gradual re-opening of the churches will also come the gradual re-introduction of the sacraments, those gifts and encounters with God that help to bring life to parishioners and the parish.
Each Saturday, Fr. John and Fr. James will be hearing confessions behind a screen at the sacristy doors (not their confessionals) from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM.
There will also be confessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
For the sake of social distancing, we will have two lines, one on either side aisle of the church. Please keep a six-foot gap separating those in different households and everyone should wear a mask over their face.
If possible, we also ask people to either wear latex/rubber gloves or sanitize your hands on the way in and out of the church.
In order to help things to flow smoothly, we are asking people to enter from the main doors to the church and exit through the side doors.
We do understand some may not be able to negotiate the steps out the side doors, if that is the case, please feel free to contact the parish office and leave a message to set up an appointment with one of the priests during the week.
We ask you to please refrain from sitting in the pews, kneeling at the communion rail, or lingering around in the church before or after confessions so we will not have to clean/disinfect the entire church.
While you are waiting in line, we would recommend each of you spend time making a visit with our Lord present in the tabernacle as well as examining your conscience in order to prepare yourself to make a good confession.
There will probably be quite a few people who will want to avail themselves of this opportunity to go to confession so we also ask you to say your Act of Contrition before going to confession so we can get as many people through the lines during this time as possible.
Another thing that will help in this effort is for only those who will be going to confession come into the church or stand in line so others will be able to better judge how long each line might be.
The priest will not give you a penance. Instead, for your penance, please choose one (or more if you want) of the Gospel readings below, and prayerfully read them and reflect on them when you get home.
These last months have been quite difficult for all of us in many different ways. Continue praying that things will improve and that we will soon be able to start celebrating Mass as a community gathered together once again.
As parishioners, you have been in our prayers, please keep us in yours.
Fr. John Libone and Fr. James Dorman
Choose one of the following Scriptures to read and meditate upon for your penance.
Mark 2: 1-12
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”—he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Matthew 6: 1-18
“[But] take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“This is how you are to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors;
and do not subject us to the final test,
but deliver us from the evil one.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.
“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.
Now two others, both criminals, were led away with him to be executed.
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.
[Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”]
They divided his garments by casting lots.
The people stood by and watched; the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Messiah of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.”
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
John 7: 53-8:11
Then each went to his own house, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more.”]