Letters from the archbishop: Confession and catechesis

Archdiocesan-wide confessions Sept. 11

September 2019

To: Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Archdiocese of New Orleans

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

It is our archdiocesan tradition to offer the sacrament of reconciliation, better known as confession, on a weekday evening near the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. I am pleased to inform you that many people in the Archdiocese of New Orleans have taken advantage of this opportunity.

This year, confessions will be available in all Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to invite the healing Christ into your heart with his promise of mercy.

Pope Francis has reminded us that God never tires of forgiving us. Perhaps we grow tired of asking for forgiveness.

Pope Francis said, “Confession is the passage from misery to mercy. … This is the heart of confession: not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are ever in need. The confessional is a place of mercy.”

Please consider having your family come to church together for confession on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Wishing you God’s blessings, I am

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond
Archbishop of New Orleans

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Catechetical Sunday celebrated Sept. 15

Sept. 15, 2019

To: Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Archdiocese of New Orleans

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Next Sunday, Sept. 15,  throughout the Catholic Church, we will celebrate Catechetical Sunday with the theme of “Stay with Us.”

This is a special observance in each parish as we pray for and ask God’s blessings upon all those who share in the important work of catechesis and Christian formation.

Those who share in this ministry are our catechists in the Parish School of Religion, the administrators and teachers in our Catholic schools, youth ministers and those who are involved in the ministry of RCIA. Please join me in thanking them for not only giving of themselves in a generous way to provide religious education and formation for our youth and adults, but also pray that God will continue to bless them and inspire them in their ministry. They give of themselves in a generous way to help others open their hearts to Christ. Furthermore, their example of faith is one that can be a source of inspiration to us.

Join me in praying for students, parents and families on this Catechetical Sunday. We are reminded that parents are the primary teachers of their children in faith, and we pray for them that they will joyfully fulfill this vocation. I invite parents involved to continue this involvement in the education and Christian formation of their children.

Parents, they need you, your support, and they need your example of living out your faith. You are a powerful witness to your child.

Please know of my deep appreciation and prayer of thanksgiving for all of you who share in this important ministry of catechesis and Christian formation.

Wishing you God’s blessings, and with the assurance of my prayers, I am

Gratefully in Christ,

Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond
Archbishop of New Orleans

Questions for Archbishop Aymond may be sent to clarionherald@clarionherald.org.

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