Cathedral, Basilica to host 24 hours of confessions March 4-5

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments
Auxiliary Bishop Peter J. Byrne of New York blesses a woman after hearing her confession Dec. 9 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will hold 24 hours of confessions March 4-5 at the Cathedral of St. Paul and Basilica of St. Mary. CNS

Auxiliary Bishop Peter J. Byrne of New York blesses a woman after hearing her confession Dec. 9 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will hold 24 hours of confessions March 4-5 at the Cathedral of St. Paul and Basilica of St. Mary. CNS

In response to Pope Francis’ call for each diocese in the world to host confessions for 24 hours beginning March 4, the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul and the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis are making the sacrament of reconciliation available around-the-clock from noon March 4 to noon March 5.

The event is called 24 Hours for the Lord. It is a special initiative for the Year of Mercy.

In a Jan. 6 letter to priests, Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Bishop Andrew Cozzens asked them to participate in a 90-minute penance service for priests at the Cathedral or Basilica at noon March 4. At 1:30 p.m., priests of the archdiocese will begin hearing confessions for the public. Each priest is asked to hear confessions for one hour at either the Cathedral or Basilica during the 24-hour period.

The bishops also asked priests to add or extend the opportunity for confession in their own parishes during 24 Hours for the Lord.

Pope Francis called for the event, which he named 24 Hours for the Lord, in “Misericordiae Vultus,” the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy promulgated in April 2015.

“So many people, including young people, are returning to the sacrament of reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives,” he wrote. “Let us place the sacrament of reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.”

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