Staff Report (Florida Catholic)
A steady stream of the faithful at Incarnation Parish in Sarasota waited patiently for their opportunity to take part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the evening of April 7 and morning of April 8.
This scene was repeated at Parishes throughout the Diocese of Venice after Bishop Frank J. Dewane, in consultation with the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, designated April 7 (4-8 p.m.) and April 8 (9 a.m.-noon) as time for Confession at each Parish. This was done to allow everyone ample opportunity for the faithful to receive God’s Mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
On April 7, Incarnation Parish enhanced the experience by holding a taize prayer service during the evening Confession times. This prayer service included chanted music and silent reflection. Candles on the altar of the chapel were lit and people were also encouraged to come forward to light additional candles for loved ones. This prayer service was done to help the faithful be in the right frame of mind when going to Confession.
Carol Dunham, who is actually a parishioner at St. Thomas More Parish in Sarasota, said she went to Incarnation Parish out of curiosity and for some anonymity.
â€śI drive by here all the time and always wondered what it was like,â€ť Dunham said. â€śWhen I heard about the universal confession times, I figured this would be a good place to go. Plus, there was the added benefit of having my confession heard by priest who doesnâ€™t know me. That made it easier.â€ť
After listening to the music and then going to Confession, Dunham said she left knowing that she is on the right track heading into Holy Week. â€śI am in a good place both personally and spiritually. That is a great feeling to have.â€ť