While Lent is characterized as a penitential season, it is more properly understood in its most primitive origins as a season of final preparation before Baptism. Such an understanding should, therefore, shape our approach to the sacrament of Penance in this holy season. Rather than a period of penitence in the sense of rehashing our brokenness and mistakes again and again before a God who all too often seems all too reluctant to grant forgiveness, the baptismal character of Lent shapes the sacramental experience of forgiveness along the lines of conversion. Conversion, a turning toward and a “waking up,” is the journey of every believer into the arms and heart of God. May this Lenten season enrich your faith through an experience of the sacrament of Penance, which will awaken for you once again the overwhelming love of God offered and affirmed through Baptism.
Schedule of Services
The following parishes, arranged alphabetically by city, are offering Sacrament of Reconciliation services during the season of Advent.
When multiple parishes are holding a joint service, the hosting parish is noted in parentheses.
St. Charles Borromeo, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary Magdalene (host parish) with St. Andrew the Apostle, March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Teresa del Niño Jesus, April 2, 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, April 2, 7:00 p.m.
Blessed Sacrament, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
St. Bernadette, March 21, 6:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Seas, March 19, 6:00 p.m.
St. Michael the Archangel (host parish) with St. Teresa of Calcutta Mission, April 8, 11:00 a.m. and April 10, 7:00 p.m.
St. Stanislaus, March 26, 7:00 p.m.
Newman Catholic Student Center Parish, April 2, 7:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More, March 28, 7:00 p.m.
St. Ann, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
Immaculate Conception, March 25, 7:00 p.m.
All Souls Mission, April 6, 7:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
Duke University Catholic Center, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
Holy Infant, April 4, 7:00 p.m.
Immaculate Conception (host parish) with Holy Cross, April 8, 7:00 p.m.
St. Matthew, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
St. Anne, April 11, 5:30 p.m.
Holy Family, April 2, 6:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Snows, March 20, 6:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
St. Ann, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
St. Ann School, April 9, 9:00 a.m.
St. Isidro, March 18, 7:00 p.m.
St. Patrick, March 28, 7:00 p.m.
St. Bernadette, March 13, 11:00 a.m. and April 11, 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary, March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Seymour Johnson AFB, March 21, 6:30 p.m.
St. Peter, March 20, 7:00 p.m.
St. Gabriel, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
All Saints, March 20, 7:00 p.m.
Annunciation, March 14, 7:00 p.m.
St. James, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
Holy Spirit, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
Holy Redeemer by the Sea, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of the Rosary, March 22, 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis de Sales, April 4, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
St. Egbert, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary of the Angels, March 20, 7:00 p.m.
Maria, Reina de las Americas, April 4, 6:30 p.m.
St. Paul, March 28, 10:00 a.m. and April 11, 7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, March 28, 7:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart, April 2, 11:00 a.m.
St. Joan of Arc, March 27, 5:00 p.m.
Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral (host parish) with St. Joseph, St. Thomas Aquinas NCSU Student Parish, and St. Mary (Garner), March 26, 7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of LaVang, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes (host parish) with St. Raphael, March 25, 7:00 p.m., and March 26, 11:00 a.m.
St. Francis of Assisi (host parish), March 20, 11:00 a.m.; and with St. Luke the Evangelist, March 18, 7:00 p.m.
St. Andrew, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
San Juan Diego, April 5, 6:00 p.m.
Sts. Mary and Edward, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
St. Brendan the Navigator, March 7, 11:00 a.m.
St. Julia, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
St. Anthony of Padua, March 12, 6:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
St. Catherine of Siena, April 4, 7:00 p.m. and April 5, 11:00 a.m.
Transfiguration of Jesus, April 5, 6:00 p.m.
Mother of Mercy, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
St. Eugene, March 20, 7:00 p.m.
Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, March 13, 11:00 a.m.
St. Mark, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Immaculate Conception, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
UNC-Wilmington, April 4, 7:00 p.m.
St. Therese, March 26, 7:00 p.m.
Holy Spirit, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
St. Therese, March 19, 7:00 p.m.