Changes to confession procedures due to COVID-19
In response to helpful feedback from parishioners, Fr. Patrick has made changes, with corresponding signs to be posted as needed:
- Before entering or leaving the confessional, people must sanitize their hands. Hand sanitizer is available at the door to the confessional when confessions are heard.
- During confession, persons must remain behind the screen, sitting in a chair set back over 6 feet from the priest on the other side of the screen. To decrease hand contact, the chair does not have arms and no one is allowed to use the kneeler.
- Those in line must observe social distancing of at least 6 feet and need to make sure that no more than 10 people are in the building at a time.
The parish continues to sanitize the surfaces in the confessional and the church regularly.
If individuals are unable to make the scheduled times, or if they would like to make different arrangements for confession due to virus concerns, please contact Fr. Patrick at the parish office.
The sacrament of reconciliation (confession) is our opportunity to receive pardon through God’s mercy for our sins, and to be reconciled with the Church community. Going to confession is a spiritually and emotionally positive experience where we not only receive but also feel God’s love; we renew our baptismal innocence; we get advice for the soul; and we clear our consciences. It’s a good thing.
A priest will normally be available to hear your confession at the following times — or by appointment:
- Sundays when there is Mass (except as noted below for Lent) – from 9:15 – 9:45 AM
- Sundays when there is no Mass (except as noted below for Lent) – from 9 – 10 a.m.
- Thursdays (except as noted below for Lent) – from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
These confessions are heard in the Reconciliation Room in the Gathering Area of the North Church. (This is the “Cry Room” during Mass.)
During Lent, the parish offers additional opportunities for individual confession, sometimes with multiple priests. These are normally announced in the bulletin and posted on the website Calendar and News page.
Lent 2020 additional opportunities for individual confession (as of March 31, 2020)
Unless noted otherwise, confessions are at the North Church and are in addition to the normal Thursday and Sunday times listed above.
Cancelled – Wednesday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (other parishes)
Thursday, April 2
Extended hours with Fr. Patrick ~ 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 5 (Palm Sunday)
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
First Reconciliation is ordinarily celebrated in grade 2. Because of the importance of this sacrament, the amount of information that second graders must learn, and per Archdiocesan policy, preparation for First Reconciliation must start the year prior (or sooner) to the reception of the sacrament. Preparation includes sessions with the parents and children to supplement the classroom instruction. First Reconciliation is usually celebrated during Lent.
- For those who attend St. Francis Borgia School, preparation for First Reconciliation is part of the first grade school curriculum.
- For those enrolled in the parish Christian Formation program, preparation begins in first grade. Details regarding preparation and requirements are listed in the First Reconciliation section of the Child Ministry page.
- Parents who anticipate homeschooling their first grader(s) need to meet with the appropriate parish staff to assure compliance with Archdiocesan policy. Please contact the Director of Child and Family Ministry at 377-1070, ext. 343, or send an e-mail.