Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lenten Penance Service

This evening I went over to the Sacred Heart Parish in Battersea to hear confessions during their annual Penance Service. I hadn't been to the Church before and was very impressed. The parish is run by the Salesians and the large number of young adults present is testimony to the commitment of Salesians to including young people in the life of the Church. Fr Chris, the parish priest, had prepared a prayerful service which included a good selection of readings and hymns. There were about ten priests hearing confessions and they were kept busy throughout.
One of the good things about these services is that they can often be an encouragement to people who have been away from the Sacrament for many years. It is important for us priests to explain the Lenten Duties to the faithful, but it is even more important to find ways of helping them fulfil those duties!

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