Come and experience the healing love of Christ through the sacrament of reconciliation!

An invitation from Bishop Walkowiak: (English | Español)

“The Light Is ON For You: An Evening of Penance” takes place:
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5-8 p.m.
View the list of participating churches (2020 list coming soon!)

On March 26, a majority of the churches of the Diocese of Grand Rapids will have a priest(s) available from 5 – 8 p.m. to hear confessions. Confession is available year-round in our churches, but the season of Lent by its penitential nature is an opportune time for anyone seeking forgiveness to seek God’s unfailing mercy and restore and renew their relationship with Jesus through the sacrament of penance.

Pope Francis reminded us in his homily at the conclusion of the Holy Year of Mercy, “God has no memory of sin, but only of us, of each of us, we who are his beloved children. And he believes that it is always possible to start anew, to raise ourselves up.”

What is the sacrament of reconciliation?
In his abundant love and mercy, Jesus Christ established the sacrament of reconciliation, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. This sacrament, also known as the sacrament of penance, or confession, “washes us clean,” and helps us discover anew God’s love for us. (Read “God is madly in love with you,” from FAITH Grand Rapids magazine, Oct. 2014)

How to go to confession – A step-by-step guide (CatholicTV)
Prepare for confession with resources from the USCCB

The sacrament of reconciliation is available weekly in our churches. Find a parish near you for confession days and times.

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