First-Ever “Confessional-on-Wheels” Takes the Sacrament to the Streets

It sounds like something from The Onion, but it's  not:  The Diocese of Lafayette has just unveiled its own flashy Forgiveness Ambulance--making it ever easier for sinners to confess their sins to a priest.The idea is that busy Catholics will have no excuse to stay away from the Sacrament. If they can't get to confession, well, the confessional on wheels will come to them.Lafayette Bishop Michael Jarrell told television station KLFY that the mobile confessional will be formally launched o … [Read more...]

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St. John Vianney, Pray for Us

Today is the Memorial of St. John Vianney, patron of priests.Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, a French parish priest, was born in 1786 and died on August 4, 1859.  His parents were forced to drive great distances to attend Mass in the countryside, since it was illegal in France at the time.  His education had been interrupted by the French revolution, and he twice failed the exams required before he could be ordained.As a priest, he was named pastor of a small church in the remote French h … [Read more...]

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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 mor … [Read more...]

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