ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, March 7, 2005 - This year, the Diocese of Rockville Centre designated March 21, Reconciliation Monday -- a day dedicated to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance). On this second day of Holy Week, each of the 133 churches in the diocese will have priests available to hear confessions from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. This day is in addition to the regularly scheduled days and times the sacrament is available at each parish.
This special day offers Catholics an additional opportunity to receive Godâ€™s loving forgiveness before Easter. â€śMaybe it has been a long time, maybe not, regardless, why not pay a visit to church and celebrate the Sacrament of Penance,â€ť said The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. â€śThrough this beautiful sacrament, Catholics experience Godâ€™s mercy and forgiveness and are filled with his peace.â€ť
This is the sixth consecutive year in which the diocese set aside a day during Lent when all parishes simultaneously offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
To find a Catholic church near you, contact the Diocese of Rockville Centre at 516-678-5800. For a complete list of parishes, visit the diocese online at drvc.org.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 21,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information visit www.drvc.org
For more information:
Sean P. Dolan
516-678-5800, ext. 625