Confession in Challenging Times

MONROE—In a recent online article, the Holy Father has reminded us of the value of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, particularly in a time of crisis: “I encourage the faithful to draw near sincerely to the mercy of God in Confession and to pray especially for those suffering due to the pandemic.”

Given the challenges imposed on us by the COVID-19 coronavirus, particularly the need for “social distancing,” as governments, scientists and medical professionals strive to limit the spread of this very dangerous virus while they search for a cure, the faithful can feel cut off from the life-giving sacraments of Holy Mother Church when Masses have been suspended and church buildings closed.

In an attempt to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to the faithful while, at the same time, acting prudently to do everything in our power to prevent the spread of this virus, we, the clergy of St. Jude Parish, are offering “Drive-thru Confessions.”  Those wishing to receive God’s forgiveness for the sins may now do so from the safety and comfort of their car.

At the designated time, rain or shine, the priests of St. Jude will be seated by the curb outside the church; you may pull your car up to the priest and make your confession from a safe distance while maintaining complete privacy.  As with confession in the church, only one penitent and the priest can participate, so you must be in your car alone.

The Church is neither idle nor is it silent; while the current pandemic has threatened to separate and drive us apart as a nation and as a community of faith, the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues, we are united in prayer, and we are finding ways to offer the sacraments to the faithful while keeping all of us safe.

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