“I want to see again” (Mark 10:51). This is what we ask of the Lord today. To see again, because our sins have made us lose sight of all that is good and have robbed us of the beauty of our calling, leading us instead far away from our journey’s end. -Pope Francis, 2016
The Diocese of Tulsa is opening the doors of Holy Family Cathedral for 24 hours so that every Catholic in the city may have his confession heard before Easter. Several priests will be in the Cathedral’s confessionals so that the around the clock initiative will make the Sacrament of Reconciliation easy and convenient for all.
Pope Francis asked every bishop in the world in 2016 to conduct 24 Hours for the Lord as a highly visible sign of God’s infinite forgiveness. The Pope wished to make last years’s 24 Hours for the Lord the peak moment of the 2016 Year of Mercy.
Pope Francis repeated this year his request for a day of confessions. The Pope himself will be hearing confessions in Rome this weekend. He has asked each diocese to continue this theme of mercy with another 24 Hours for the Lord a week from now.
Tulsa’s priests will be hearing confessions starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24 and concluding at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place at the Cathedral throughout the 24 hour period.
Has it been a little while since your last confession?
Here is a very short guide that you can take with you.
Order of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Penitent: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
It has been ____ since my last confession. My sins are _____. These are all my sins.
Priest: [Assigns a penance.]
Penitent: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong, and failing to do good, I have sinned against you Whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior, Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
Priest: I absolve you of your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Priest: Go in peace.