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Catholic parishes to again offer all-day confession

Bishop David Malloy and all parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Rockford are again inviting all Catholics to confession during “Be Reconciled Day” on March 16.

The Be Reconciled initiative was started in 2014 by Malloy to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or confession, readily available on one particular day in all 105 parishes in the 11-county Diocese of Rockford.

Through “Be Reconciled,” Malloy asks that parishes be open, where possible, for confessions from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“As we approach the season of Lent, it is always important for us to take stock of our spiritual lives,” ​Malloy said in a news release. “By the church’s traditional prayer, fasting and charity, we draw closer to Christ and to the church. Our souls are laid open to be strengthened by Christ’s love, grace and forgiveness. The mercy of Jesus in the confessional can heal even old and deep wounds, and we are the better for it.”

To find out about Be Reconciled, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and for parishes and confession times near you, visit bereconcilied.rockforddiocese.org.

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