“Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Jesus never gives up on us. He is always calling us. So let’s observe our Lenten fasts and abstinences, let’s give to our neighbors in need, let’s say our Lenten prayers. But above all else, let’s not forget who is doing the calling. “Come, follow me,” Jesus says, so that “you may have life, and have it abundantly,” now and forever.
The Archdiocese of Hartford is happy to provide weekly Lenten Confessions, as a way for Catholics to prepare for Easter. Beginning Monday, Monday, March 6th, every Catholic Church in the archdiocese 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.
In addition to Lenten Confessions, the archdiocese is also inviting the faithful to join in “fasting” from the use of cell phones on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and Good Friday, April 14th. By silencing our busy phones, we give God a chance to call us from the quiet of our hearts. Please consider adding this to the traditional Lenten disciplines of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting from food.
+Leonard P. Blair - Archbishop of Hartford