Messages From Fr. Anthony Smith

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Dear parishioners

Yesterday a letter was sent to all parishes with the directive that confessions have been suspended until further notice due to the growing severity of the pandemic. Archbishop Blair included in his letter the teaching of the Catholic Church (from the Catechism of the Catholic Church) in regards to emergency situations when a penitent is unable to attend the sacrament of confession. Below is the announcement of the suspension and the reference to the Catechism explaining the ability to receive absolution outside of the normal practice of the sacrament in cases of emergencies.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, confessions have continued to be heard in the Archdiocese, and anyone who felt secure in approaching the sacrament has been able to do so. However, the time has now come to suspend publicly scheduled confessions until further notice in light of the growing spread of the virus in Connecticut, which is anticipated to peak in the coming weeks. This is necessary for the protection of both penitents and priests. I repeat once again what is clearly the teaching of the Church as set forth recently by the Apostolic Penitentiary in Rome, as follows:”

“Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452)

Fr Anthony Smith

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Saturday Vigil, 4:00 PM;
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