We understand that many Catholics want to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession prior to Easter. While communal celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are suspended during this time – in order to avoid large gatherings – individual confessions may be heard at the discretion of the priest and with the proper care taken to prevent the spread of the virus.
The pastoral care of the faithful must always be paramount. Therefore, priests should consider the best options for the celebration of private confession for those in dire need of the sacrament. See the accompanying directives regarding sacramental confession and General Absolution.
We encourage the faithful to contact their parish to inquire about the availability of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.