Tag: Confession

Don’t treat confessional like a dry cleaners, pope says

Don’t treat confessional like a dry cleaners, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The confessional is a place where one can go to humbly seek forgiveness; it is not a dry cleaners where one goes to remove the occasional stain, Pope Francis said.

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Forgiveness with a smile

Forgiveness with a smile

| Brad Parent | January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The heat in the gym was oppressive. The boiler in the building had just been fired up for the winter, but the ventilation wasn’t working properly, turning the gym into a sauna. I was hot, sweaty and annoyed. So I propped open a door.

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Hmong priest’s visit a Christmas gift for local community

Hmong priest’s visit a Christmas gift for local community

| January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

For 15 days in December, Father Berm Chakrit, a Hmong Redemptorist priest from Thailand, offered Masses, heard confessions, celebrated a baptism and anointed the sick for members of the Twin Cities’ Catholic Hmong community. The seemingly routine actions were anything but; Hmong-American Catholics rarely have the opportunity to receive the sacraments from a priest who speaks their language.

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Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

God’s mercy is poured out upon the repentant so that they can change and grow, sharing mercy with others and helping build families, neighborhoods and societies where people learn to forgive, Pope Francis said.

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Priests: Penitents grateful for extended opportunities

Priests: Penitents grateful for extended opportunities

| March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

As one of about 80 priests participating at the Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Father Tom McDonough, who often assists at the Cathedral and other parishes, said he felt like he was part of something special during Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy, and he had a sense that penitents did, too, noting that many expressed their appreciation afterward.

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Been awhile since your last confession? Archbishop Hebda says be not afraid

Been awhile since your last confession? Archbishop Hebda says be not afraid

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

“One of the things I’ve experienced in my own life is once we know the powerful effect that the sacrament can have in our lives, we want it more,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said. “Even, in part, the hope here — for the Holy Father but also for us in the archdiocese — is that maybe there is some people who haven’t been to confession in awhile, and maybe this will be the opportunity for them once again for them to experience the joy of being forgiven of their sins, and the joy that ignites that love for this sacrament.”

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Fear not the confessional

Fear not the confessional

| March 2, 2016 | 6 Comments

Priests explain sacrament’s purpose ahead of 24 Hours for the Lord March 4-5

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The shirt box

The shirt box

| Alyssa Bormes | February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Treasures are funny. So are those little boxes that we keep them in. Usually, when someone finds our treasure chests, the “treasure” part might not be immediately recognizable. I have an old shirt box with scraps of paper, and it is full of gems — that is, they are gems to me: written gems.

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Full day of confessions an opportunity for mercy, priests say

Full day of confessions an opportunity for mercy, priests say

| February 11, 2016 | 5 Comments

An extended opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation will begin at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul and Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis at noon March 4 and last until noon March 5 as part of 24 Hours for the Lord, a worldwide Year of Mercy event backed by Pope Francis.

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Make confession, works of mercy heart of Lent this year

Make confession, works of mercy heart of Lent this year

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | February 4, 2016

While it is good to give something up for Lent, and daily fasting is certainly a part of a good Lenten discipline, I encourage you and your family to go to confession and do some regular corporal and spiritual acts of mercy.

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New initiative aims to make Catholic men ‘watchmen’

New initiative aims to make Catholic men ‘watchmen’

| Jonathan Liedl | January 15, 2016 | 27 Comments

“Our goal is incredibly aggressive,” said Matthew Christoff, who began writing the “Catholic Watchmen” column for The Catholic Spirit in November. “The vision is that every single man [in the archdiocese] who calls himself a Catholic will have received a personal appeal to join the Catholic Watchmen.”

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

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

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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