People use Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and blogs to tell their family, friends and even complete strangers details about their personal lives. Yet they seem reluctant to talk to God about what they did. The Diocese of London is kicking off the second year of a major initiative to encourage Catholics to come back to Confession this Lent. This year, we’re going to “gift” up to 500 copies of Confession: A Roman Catholic App, (by Little i Apps, LLC) to anyone interested getting some on-the-go Confession prep assistance.
Anyone with an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch can get a copy of the app by visiting www.dol.ca and sending us your name and email address. We will “gift” the app to you through iTunes Store (the app retails for $1.99).
Again this year, more than 100,000 “how to” guides have been distributed to every parish and Catholic school throughout southwestern Ontario. All priests in the diocese will be available at the more than 120 churches in the Diocese of London to hear confessions:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
All day at 120+ Catholic churches in the following counties:
Elgin, Essex, Huron, Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford and Perth
(media are asked to call Mark Adkinson to coordinate interviews)
“God is always waiting for us, watching for our return.” Bishop Fabbro said in explaining the initiative. “We are all human and we all sin. It is often difficult for us to admit our sins. Many of us aren’t as comfortable or familiar with Confession as we should or would like to be.”
This year’s confession campaign is designed to change that. Such campaigns aren't uncommon. The Diocese of London’s program was modeled on The Light is On for You Campaign, started in 2007 by the Archdiocese of Washington which has since spread to more than 20 other dioceses, including those in New York, Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, Bridgeport and Baton Rouge.
When people get to a Catholic church, they’ll find “how to” guides on Confession with step-by-step instructions and an Act of Contrition, a special prayer used during Confession. More than 100,000 guides are being distributed in English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish and placed online at www.dol.ca, along with answers to frequently asked questions, links to the parishes and more.
Lent is the 40-day penitential period before Easter (April 24 this year), was chosen for the campaign because it is a time when Catholics place an extra focus on God’s mercy and forgiveness.