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Catholics invited to confession during 'Be Reconciled' Day.

Byline: Submitted by Penny Wiegert

Now that the Lenten season has begun, the Catholic Diocese of Rockford is again inviting people to come to confession during its "Be Reconciled" initiative set for Wednesday, April 10.

Bishop David J. Malloy, recognizing the need for God's grace and forgiveness in the lives of Catholics, has again asked all 105 parishes in the 11-county diocese to add Wednesday, April 10, to their regular Lenten confession calendar and, where possible, to offer confessions that day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The goal of "Be Reconciled" is to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation more accessible, especially for people who have been away or hesitant about confession for months or years.

"'Be Reconciled' Day is a wonderful opportunity to share in God's love by receiving the mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is a great day for us priests to help those we serve open the doors to grace and their personal friendship with Christ," Bishop Malloy said.

"So it is only natural to continue offering an entire day of confessions and, again, invite everyone to 'Be Reconciled,' especially to those who have been away from the sacrament for years."

Bishop Malloy also suggests that Catholics invite someone they might know who has been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation to take part in "Be Reconciled."

Invitations to "Be Reconciled" Day are being made through advertising in print, on radio and television, through parishes and a dedicated page on the Diocese of Rockford website at

The site includes confession times for all parishes in the Rockford Diocese, as well as information and resources about the sacrament. For the most current information, follow the Diocese of Rockford on Twitter and Facebook.

You also can check local confession times by downloading myParish App, available free in the App Store or on Google Play.

Established in 1908, the Diocese of Rockford is comprised of 105 parishes in Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties in Northern Illinois, serving a Catholic population of more than 300,000.

For more about the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, visit

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Mar 29, 2019
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