During this Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has declared, the Archdiocese of Hartford is happy to provide weekly Lenten Confessions, as a way for Catholics to prepare for Easter. Beginning Monday, February 15th, every Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Hartford will be open from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays during Lent when our priests will be available to listen to confessions. The confessions are designed to make it simple for you to drive to any church in the Archdiocese of Hartford on your way home from work, or on your way from running errands and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It’s also a way to welcome those who have not received the Sacrament in a while back to the Church to experience God’s forgiveness.
The theme of the Jubilee Year of Mercy is: “Be merciful like the Father.” Pope Francis, in proclaiming the Jubilee Year of Mercy, has urged us to both reflect on the mercy we receive from God, and to bear witness to this mercy in our lives. He is also asking us to place a special emphasis on practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
The corporal works of mercy are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors with their bodily needs. These include: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and prisoners, burying the dead and giving alms to the poor. The spiritual works of mercy are actions that help our neighbors with their spiritualneeds. They are: counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner, comforting the sorrowful, forgiving injuries, hearing wrongs patiently and praying for the living and the dead.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy began on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and will conclude on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Leonard P. Blair - Archbishop of Hartford