Tonight is the last evening of the 2010 The Light Is On For You initiative. In case you haven’t seen the ads on the Metro, VRE and busses, and in newspapers across the region, let me explain. Bishop Loverde offers an overview of The Light Is On For You in this video message.
Catholics in the greater DC metro region, especially those who have been away from the Church or the sacrament, are invited to experience God’s mercy and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This Lent, during The Light Is On For You, all Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Washington and Diocese of Arlington are open on Wednesday from 6:30 – 8 p.m. for Confession and quiet prayer.
The Archdiocese of Washington began this program in 2009 and was joined this year by the Diocese of Arlington. While the Sacrament of Confession is available in parishes throughout the year, the particular value of The Light Is On is its simplicity.
Anyone who feels called to the Sacrament of Penance does not have to look up times or locations, but merely visit the nearest Catholic church on Wednesday evenings. With many people attending thus far, this initiative has already borne much fruit.
As Bishop Loverde said in his radio ad, “In our lives, too, we have made wrong decisions, sometimes choosing the bad instead of the good. However, it is never too late to come back home where Our Heavenly Father is waiting for us with open arms.”
If you have not had the opportunity to attend The Light Is On For You, either for the Sacrament of Penance or to spend time in prayer, consider attending tonight. And don’t forget to invite a friend!