Lights will be on for you April 10

Friday, April 05, 2019 - Updated: 1:04 pm

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

“The Light is On for You,” a twice-yearly drive to offer the sacrament of reconciliation one night at every parish in the diocese, is planned for Wednesday, April 10, from 6-9 p.m. (though times may vary).

Many return to the practice of their Catholic faith after unburdening themselves — sometimes after decades away — during this special evening. As Bishop David Zubik wrote in a “Bridging the Gap” column last December, “This is someone who is opening their heart to God in a way that he or she has not done for many years. This is the prodigal whom the Father runs to embrace and welcome home.”

“The Light is On for You” began in Pittsburgh in 1999 as a way to prepare for the new millennium. The campaign later became a national effort endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

On one evening during Lent and Advent, every parish has its lights on and doors open for the faithful to receive the gift of confession.

“It is a deep encounter with God,” the bishop wrote. “There is great power in naming one’s sins aloud to a priest and in hearing him absolve us in the name of Jesus, who is truly there with and for the penitent, there with and through the priest.”

It’s the perfect time to invite your friends and family back to a sacrament that will change their lives. For information, go to the diocesan website at www.diopitt.org/lightison to see when your church will be open April 10.

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