Experience the healing love of Christ through the sacrament of reconciliation!

“God knows our struggles. He knows that we often fail. Yet His love never fails. No matter how many times we stumble, we find Him ready to receive us again. In the sacrament of penance, we encounter a God who does not simply wait for us but rushes out to meet us. This is the beauty of the sacrament.” – Bishop Walkowiak

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.

Individual confession in the majority of our churches will remain available on the evening of Thursday, March 26th from 5-8 p.m. as previously scheduled with due precautions being taken. Confessions should not take place in the confessional and should be set up in the main church with background music to protect privacy. We recommend contacting the parish ahead of time to confirm participation.

Please scroll down for the list of participating churches

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 also continues to be available weekly in our churches. Find a church near you for confession days and times.

Participating churches by city

Unless otherwise noted, the churches below are offering confession on March 26.

Ada (Kent County)

St. Robert of Newminster
St. Patrick (Parnell)

Allendale (Ottawa County)

St. Luke University Parish, 6-8 p.m.

Belding (Ionia County)

St. Joseph – St. Mary, 5-6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph

Belmont (Kent County)

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Big Rapids (Mecosta County)

St. Mary – St. Paul, 5-8 p.m. at both St. Mary and St. Paul

Byron Center (Kent County)

St. Sebastian

Cedar Springs (Kent County)

St. John Paul II

Coopersville (Ottawa County)

St. Michael

Custer (Mason County)

St. Mary – St. Jerome

E. Grand Rapids (Kent County)

St. Stephen

Edmore/Stanton (Montcalm County)

St. Bernadette – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, 5 – 8 p.m. in Stanton

Fremont (Newaygo County)

All Saints

Grand Haven (Ottawa County)

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish, 5-10 p.m. at St. Patrick

Grand Rapids (Kent County)

Basilica of St. Adalbert, 4-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
Holy Spirit
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sacred Heart of Jesus
SS. Peter & Paul
St. Alphonsusreconciliation Saturdays 3 – 4 p.m.
St. Mary
St. Paul the Apostle

Grandville (Kent County)

St. Pius X

Greenville (Montcalm County)

St. Charles Borromeo, 6:30-8 p.m.

Holland (Ottawa County)

Our Lady of the Lake
St. Francis de Sales

Howard City (Montcalm County)

Christ the King Chapel – St. Francis de Sales, 5-8 p.m. at Christ the King

Ionia (Ionia County)

SS. Peter & Paul

Jenison (Kent County)

Holy Redeemer, and March 4 from 5-8 p.m.

Kentwood (Kent County)

St. Mary Magdalen

Lowell (Ionia County)

St. Mary, 5-8 p.m. at St. Anthony in Saranac

Ludington (Mason)

St. Simon

Marne (Ottawa County)

St. Mary

Muskegon/Muskegon Heights (Muskegon County)

Prince of Peace
St. Thomas the Apostle

Pewamo (Ionia County)

St. Joseph

Portland (Ionia County)

St. Patrick

Remus (Mecosta County)

St. Michael the Archangel

Rockford (Kent County)

Our Lady of Consolation

Sand Lake (Kent County)

Mary, Queen of Apostles

Saranac (Ionia County)

St. Anthony

Weare (Oceana County)

St. Joseph

Wyoming (Kent County)

Holy Name of Jesus
St. Joseph the Worker, confession offered on Fridays of Lent through April 3 at 7 p.m.

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