Monsignor Aaron Brodeski of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia is hopeful that parishioners across the Rockford Diocese will respond well to a "Be Reconciled" day, an initiative to make the sacrament of reconciliation more available this Lenten season.
As part of the initiative, parishes in the 11-county diocese, including Holy Cross Church, will offer confessions from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 9. A letter announcing the effort was read at all parish Masses on March 1 and 2.
"I think it's an outstanding idea," Brodeski said. "It's nice when we do things on a parish level, but it's also very nice when we have initiatives like this that go beyond our parish, that really cover our whole Catholic diocese, so all of our parishes do something together. I think that everybody is excited about it."
He said he is hopeful that many people will take advantage of the opportunity that the "Be Reconciled" initiative lends.
"Holy Cross is a nice, active parish, and we are very blessed with a lot of people who take advantage of this sacrament of reconciliation," Brodeski said. "I have a lot of good confessions here on a regular basis. I think that by making this available at every parish in the diocese all day long, I think it just makes it so extremely convenient for everybody and it just kind of puts an exclamation point, in a sense, behind the importance of this, and it also says that we are ready in making ourselves completely available that day."
In announcing the initiative, Bishop David Malloy of the Rockford Diocese said that "Lent is a privileged moment to focus on forgiveness."
"Let's make this Lent a time of deep and joyful reconciliation which Pope Francis has called us to," Malloy said in a letter to all Catholics.