The Light is On For You Campaign

"The Light is on for You" campaign was created by the Archdiocese of Washington and has since been implemented by dioceses throughout the United States. The Diocese of Syracuse is proud to join in this effort. Typically, we offer an evening of confession during both Advent and Lent from 4-7pm at Catholic Churches throughout our diocese, in addition to penance services available throughout the year. 

Check your parish for their ongoing confession schedule. 

By participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, whether our first time in days, weeks, months or years, we are experiencing God’s individual and unwavering love for us, and one of the true graces made available to us by our Catholic faith. God loves us just the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way.

Pope Francis said that confession is an encounter with Jesus, whose "mercy motivates us to do better...God is happy when he gives us his mercy." 

 

We're all familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Jesus tells us that there was a man who had two sons, one who went away from him for a time and then returned, feeling as though he was unworthy of his father's love:

"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son." 

But his father wasn't angry. He said to his servants, "This son of mine was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found!"

When we return to the Church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus rejoices like the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is never "too late" to return to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Imagine how joyful you will feel upon confessing your sins, big or small! 

Individual Resources:

 

How to make a good confession

Confession FAQ

Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible 

How to make a good confession (PDF) 

"Let yourselves be consoled during Advent" (news article) 

Parish Resources:

 

The Light is On for You - Preparing your church (PDF)