This Lent, Go To Confession! New Website Can Help

Whatever happened to Confession?  A generation ago, Catholics lined up on Saturday afternoon to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at their local parish.  

Nowadays, not so much.  CARA, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, asked Catholics in 2005 and again in 2008 about the frequency with which they took advantage of the sacrament.  

The results were discouraging:  Only 2 percent of self-identified Catholics went to Confession once a more or more frequently.

Now, a non-profit media apostolate, hopes to change that.  The apostolate, which has produced a series of very effective Catholic evangelism television ads on local, national and international television networks, has launched a new website,, to encourage more frequent participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Whether you frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation or you have been away from Confession for years, offers easy-to-read and easy-to-use resources to help you learn about the sacrament, understand how to go to Confession, and, most importantly, learn how practically to live out the priest’s words in the confessional to “go and sin no more.”

“God wants us all to grow in holiness so we can be saints,” says the website.  “But how do we actually do that? GoodConfession is here to help you figure that out.”

The website points Catholics to helpful books and audio, testimonials, a sample Examination of Conscience, prayers for Confession, confession times around the country, and more.


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  • Maryann

    As a woman, I do not find that the priest relates to or understands me; therefore I stopped going to confession years ago.

    • kathyschiffer

      Does Jesus understand you, Maryann? I hope you’ll reconsider your personal boycott, for three reasons: (1) because I think it’s imperative to move beyond considering gender in employment, in relationships, in church, in all venues, and refocus on the person; (2) because the priest is not “some guy,” he represents Christ; and (3) because you are not availing yourself of the graces of the Sacrament.

  • bcorr

    Maryann, find another priest. Keep looking until you find one you are happy with. Confession can be difficult if you have been away for any length of time, but it is the greatest feeling. Just because I am a man doesn’t mean I can relate to every priest. When you find the right one, your life will change.