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Day of Confessions: March 8, 2017

All Priests. All Parishes. All Day.

It doesn't matter if you've been away for a while, it doesn't matter what you have to confess. Drop by the closest Catholic church and experience the grace of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Priests across the Archdiocese have set aside this special day in Lent to welcome you. Forget how it goes? Download this quick guide to Confession. To help prepare, take a look at our guides to Making an Examination of Conscience.

Join the confessional conversation on Wednesday, March 8 -- all priests, all parishes, all day. (Note: depending on priest's availability, some churches may not be open for confessions for the entire day. Check the Day of Confessions - Hours by Parish page for hours at the church closest to you.)

If you miss the Day of Confessions, consider attending one of the penitential services that are being celebrated in all parishes throughout Lent. Visit our Penitential Services page (currently under construction) for a list of dates and times.

An invitation from Archbishop Smith

My friends in Christ,

I once again invite you to a day filled with God’s grace during the season of Lent 2017. You will remember that an annual Day of Confessions was instituted across the Archdiocese of Edmonton as part of our celebrations for the Year of Faith in 2013. This year will mark the fifth time we have offered an entire day for the celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation. 

We clergy, as instruments of Christ’s mercy to you, continue to find ourselves graced through your response to this annual day of mercy. Jesus renders the great mystery of the Trinitarian Love of God visible to each one of us. God’s joy is forgiving. God delights in showering his mercy upon us. Therefore, I invite you to receive the gift of God’s healing on the 2017 Day of Confessions: Wednesday, March 8. Priests will be available in all parishes throughout the day. 

Please do not worry if you are not sure about what to say or do. The priest will be happy to guide you along. To assist you in your preparation we have included a short guide to the sacrament on our Confession How-to page and other resources on this website. 

We look forward to celebrating God’s love and mercy with you on March 8. 

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton

Visit our Reconciliation Resources page for more information and guidance.

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