Reconciliation Monday set for April 3

BRIDGEPORT- “Reconciliation Monday” will once again be held in the diocese on Monday, April 3, 2023 during Holy Week.

A total of 25 parishes located throughout the diocese will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation  from 3-9 pm, so that the lay faithful may experience God’s mercy as Holy Week begins.

Confessions will be heard both in the afternoon and evenings, so that everyone who wishes to receive the sacrament can do so before the Easter Triduum.

“I ask all the faithful to consider participating in this unique opportunity to receive the gift of forgiveness that only Christ can give. The Lord wishes to free each of us from the burden of our sins. Should we not then use this time to shed the baggage of our sins and accept His freedom with joy?” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

According to Monsignor Robert Kinnally,  vicar general of the diocese, the bishop has asked pastors to ensure that penitents have the option of confessing anonymously or face-to-face. COVID protocols will be left to the discretion of each Pastor.

Last year, thousands across the diocese turned out for Reconciliation Monday. Many people also took to diocesan social media to encourage each other to attend confession, sharing their experiences from last year’s Reconciliation Monday.

“Many people have misconceptions about what Confession really is. It is not solely a spiritual exercise during which you tell the priest your sins. Rather, it is a profound encounter with the Lord Jesus, who through the words and actions of the priest, meets us in our sinfulness and forgives, liberates and empowers us with the Holy Spirit so that we can go forth and sin no more,” said the bishop after last year’s Reconciliation Monday.

Reconciliation Monday” will be hosted from 3 pm to 9 pm at the following parishes:

Deanery A: Queen of Peace (Bridgeport)
St. Ann Parish: 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport *
St. Augustine Cathedral: 359 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport *
St. Mary Parish: 25 Sherman Street, Bridgeport *

* : Confesiones disponible en español

Deanery B: Mystical Rose (Shelton and Stratford)
St. James Parish: 2110 Main Street, Stratford
St. Lawrence Parish: 505 Shelton Avenue, Shelton
St. Mark Parish: 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford

Deanery C: Queen of Martyrs (Monroe, Newtown and Trumbull)
St. Catherine of Siena Parish: 200 Shelton Road, Trumbull
St. Rose of Lima Parish: 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown

Deanery D: Our Lady, Queen of Confessors (Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman)
St. Edward the Confessor Parish: 21 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield
St. Joseph Parish: 163 Whisconier Road, Brookfield
St. Joseph Parish: 8 Robinson Avenue, Danbury *

* : Confesiones disponible en español a las 3-5 pm.

Deanery E: Seat of Wisdom (Georgetown, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston and Wilton)
Our Lady of Fatima Parish: 229 Danbury Road, Wilton
St. Mary Parish: 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield

Deanery F: Queen Assumed Into Heaven (Easton, Fairfield and Westport)
Assumption Parish: 98 Riverside Avenue, Westport
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish: 545 Stratfield Avenue, Fairfield
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish: 1719 Post Road, Fairfield

Deanery G: Mother of Divine Grace (Darien, New Canaan and Norwalk)
St. Aloysius Parish: 21 Cherry Street, New Canaan
St. Matthew Parish: 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk
St. Thomas More Parish: 374 Middlesex Road, Darien

Deanery H: Cause of Our Joy (Stamford)
Sacred Heart Parish: 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford
St. Benedict Parish: 1 St. Benedict Circle, Stamford *
St. Cecilia-St. Gabriel Parish: 1184 Newfield Avenue, Stamford

* : Confesiones disponible en español

Deanery I: Mary, Mother of the Church (Greenwich)
St. Catherine of Siena-St. Agnes Parish: 4 Riverside Avenue, Greenwich
St. Mary Parish: 178 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
St. Michael the Archangel Parish: 469 North Street, Greenwich