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Confession helps open path to healing

Isle parishes have been urged to extend services during Lent

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 02, 2013

~~<p>Spending one-on-one time with a priest in the confession booth used to be a weekly habit of devoted Catholics 40 years ago, but now the norm is attending communal penance services twice a year during the current Lent season and Advent before Christmas.</p>
<p>Some Catholics, however, are feeling the need for more individual face time, as the Rev. Jack Ryan of the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish discovered a few weeks ago. He apparently hit a nerve when he offered to counsel those who hadn't felt worthy enough to receive Holy Communion for a long time, he said in an interview.</p>
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Spending one-on-one time with a priest in the confession booth used to be a weekly habit of devoted Catholics 40 years ago, but now the norm is attending communal penance services twice a year during the current Lent season and Advent before Christmas.

Some Catholics, however, are feeling the need for more individual face time, as the Rev. Jack Ryan of the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish discovered a few weeks ago. He apparently hit a nerve when he offered to counsel those who hadn't felt worthy enough to receive Holy Communion for a long time, he said in an interview. Login for more...



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