On Wednesday, March 1, the first full week of the Lenten season, “The Light is ON” confessions begin in the Diocese of Arlington. The initiative is a partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington to promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation by offering it on an increased basis during Lent. Every Wednesday evening, March 1-March 29, all 70 parishes in the Diocese of Arlington are open for quiet prayer and confession beginning at 6:30 p.m. “The Light is ON” confessions are in addition to parishes’ regularly scheduled or by-appointment confessions.
“For those who express their sorrow and desire to begin anew, there is no sin greater than God’s mercy. During this sacred Season of Lent, I encourage all Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington, especially those who have fallen away from the practice of the faith, to experience the Lord’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In doing so, your sins will be forgiven, and you will know the peace only the Lord can give,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Diocese of Arlington. “It is grace that will allow you to respond to the Lenten call: ‘Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.’”
“The Light is ON” confessions have been taking place in the Diocese of Arlington for the past 15 years. To find a parish or download confession resources, visit http://www.thelightison.org.
Click HERE for a video from Fr. Carr giving good tips on Confession
Going to Confession For the First Time in a Long Time (Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Making a Good Confession (Fr. Mike Schmitz)
How Do I Go To Confession? (for a younger audience)
Overview of the Sacrament of Confession (from Sophia Sketchpad)