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Catholic churches reaching out Wednesday with 'Light is on for You' effort

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 12:01 am

This Wednesday, the Catholic Church will make an extra effort to reach out to people who have been away from the church or who haven't had or made time to receive the sacrament of reconciliation in awhile.

As part of the “The Light is on for You” campaign, Catholic churches throughout the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will be open 6-8 p.m. Wednesday for prayer and the sacrament of reconciliation, commonly called confession, the diocese announced on it website,

The program, which originated in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has proved successful in other dioceses around the country, the announcement said.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese selected Wednesday to hold the program here. He will be among the priests hearing confessions during that time at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at East Jefferson Boulevard and Clinton Street.

“It is not meant to replace penance services or other regularly scheduled confession times” in parishes, Rhoades noted in the announcement.

Reconciliation for people with hearing impairments will be available in this area at the Cathedral and at St. Jude parish in Fort Wayne and at Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Huntington.