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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
April 03, 2017
For immediate release

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Local Priests to Hear Confessions For 24 Hours Straight At Sacred Heart Church in Troy April 7-8

Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger and priests from Troy, Wynantskill, and the surrounding area will hear confessions at Sacred Heart Church in Troy for 24 hours straight, beginning Friday, April 7, at 9:30 a.m. and ending on Saturday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m.

Known as “24 Hours for the Lord,” the initiative has been promoted by Pope Francis as a way to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation more readily available to Catholics worldwide and to raise awareness of this sacrament of healing.

“In confession, you can have confidence that this is an encounter with Jesus himself, and he is going to look at you with love,” said Bishop Scharfenberger. “Don’t be afraid to let Jesus look at you, because he sees in you the image of God, a brother or sister.”

Confession is part of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, whereby Catholics confess their sins to a priest and receive forgiveness and absolution. Traditionally, Catholics celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Lenten or Easter season.

“Don’t be afraid. Sit down and talk. The confessor is the person who is there to accompany you, not to point a finger in judgment,” Bishop Scharfenberger said. “A good confessor is a companion and friend who leads the person to Christ.”

Bishop Scharfenberger will also participate in a Lenten Reconciliation Service with area priests at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. All are welcome.