Could you use a little mercy?

This year, the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton has declared Tuesday, February 24, a special “Day of Confessions.” About 120 priests at more than 80 churches across Edmonton and central Alberta will dedicate the whole day to hearing confessions. Many churches, including St. Joseph’s Basilica on Jasper Avenue, will open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

As Catholics we believe that in the confessional, the priest acts as an instrument of God’s mercy, and sins are forgiven. Although confessions may be heard at any time a priest is available, the Church places a special emphasis on repentance and reconciliation during Lent, the 40-day season of preparation before Easter. 

Archbishop Richard Smith has invited all Catholics to drop by the nearest church on Tuesday, whether or not they attend regularly. In a letter to the faithful, he quotes Pope Francis as reminding all that “God never tires of forgiving us!”

Even the Pope goes to Confession ‒ Francis made headlines last year when he was videotaped making a confession himself at St. Peter’s Basilica:

Not sure how to make a good confession? Visit our Day of Confessions page for helpful tips and other resources.

Read the Edmonton Journal story on Day of Confessions