Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In late March, Catholics will celebrate the greatest event in the history of the world: the Easter Triduum, when we remember Our Lord's Last Supper, His suffering and death on the Cross for our salvation, and His Glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday. These events changed the course of history and made possible a way of life unlike any other. Through these events our loving God showed that He wants us to live joyfully and in peace with those around us.
In order to both prepare for the upcoming Holy Days of the Easter Triduum as well as to reconcile ourselves to God and neighbor, the Church has always celebrated the Season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter. Lent is a time for us to consider the ways we have not fully given our lives to God and to those around us and how this can be changed. It is a time to experience the mercy of God and ask for His forgiveness.
During this Lenten Season, every Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Venice will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) on Friday evenings from 5-7pm and Saturday mornings from 9-11am. Whether you regularly go to Confession or you haven't been in decades, I encourage you to make this Season an opportunity to receive the mercy of God in a new way and to find healing and joy in His great Sacrament.
Please take time at this website to learn more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to answer any questions you might have about it.
Be assured of my prayers for you and your family,
Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida