Friday, June 21, 2024

Penance Services: Receive God’s Forgiveness this Lent

Penance Services in most of the Diocese’s churches this Lent offer Catholics the perfect invitation to receive the Sacrament of Penance ahead of the Easter celebration.

The communal services are liturgies that bring members of the Body of Christ together to acknowledge sins and ask God for His forgiveness. They typically include Scripture readings and a homily to help penitents prepare for Confession, as well as petitions for God’s mercy.

Penance services are communal in the sense that the faithful are gathering to acknowledge the effects of sin on the community and to celebrate the liturgy; but penitents don’t confess their sins collectively, nor do they receive a general absolution. Each person makes a private Confession with a priest in the confessional during the service.

An Examination of Conscience is a helpful and proper way for penitents to reflect on The Ten Commandments and the sins they have committed before they enter the confessional. Many times, resources for an Examination of Conscience are available at Penance Services and in the confessional. Resources on “how to go to Confession” are also readily available in parishes and via online resources from the Diocese of Harrisburg and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Catholics may attend a Penance Service at any church, regardless of which parish they attend. The following is a list of Penance Service submitted by parishes in the Diocese. Contact your parish if it is not listed here.

ABBOTTSTOWN
March 26 at 7 p.m.

BLOOMSBURG
St. Columba
March 20 at 7 p.m.

BONNEAUVILLE
St. Joseph the Worker
March 21 at 7 p.m.

CONEWAGO
Sacred Heart of Jesus
March 16 at 10 a.m.

DALLASTOWN
St. Joseph
March 17 at 2 p.m.

DANVILLE
St. Joseph
March 18 at 7 p.m.

DUNCANNON
St. Bernadette
March 21 at 7 p.m.

ELYSBURG
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
March 13 at 6 p.m.

EPHRATA
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
March 14 at 7 p.m.

GETTYSBURG
St. Francis Xavier
March 11 at 7 p.m.

HANOVER
Sacred Heart Basilica
March 16 at 10 a.m.

St. Joseph
March 27 at 7 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul
March 24 at 12:30 p.m.

HERSHEY
St. Joan of Arc
March 17 at 7 p.m.

KULPMONT
Holy Angels
March 18 at 7 p.m.

LEWISTOWN
Sacred Heart of Jesus
March 3 at 7 p.m.

LITITZ
St. James
March 19 at 7 p.m.

MANCHESTER
Holy Infant
March 17 at 2 p.m.

MARYSVILLE
Our Lady of Good Counsel
March 7 at 7 p.m.

McSHERRYSTOWN
Annunciation
March 10 at 2 p.m.

MECHANICSBURG
St. Joseph
March 24 at 2 p.m.

MIFFLINTOWN
St. Jude Thaddeus
March 3 at 3 p.m.

MILLERSVILLE
St. Philip the Apostle
March 3 at 2 p.m.

MOUNT CARMEL
Divine Redeemer
March 19 at 7 p.m.

NEW FREEDOM
St. John the Baptist
March 26 at 7 p.m.

PALMYRA
Holy Spirit
March 18 at 7 p.m.

SHAMOKIN
Mother Cabrini
March 3 at 1 p.m.

STEELTON
Prince of Peace-Assumption BVM
March 10 at 2 p.m.

TREVORTON
St. Patrick
March 3 at 3 p.m.

SPRING GROVE
Sacred Heart of Jesus
March 5 at 6:30 p.m.

YORK
Immaculate Conception
March 12 at 6 p.m.

St. Joseph
March 23 at 10 a.m.

St. Patrick
March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

St. Rose of Lima
March 21 at 6 p.m.

For information about services at parishes not listed, please contact the parishes directly. You can find their contact information by clicking here.

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