Saturday, March 08, 2008


Other bloggers have made this point but it is important to re-iterate it.

A priest may hear confessions whilst Mass is being said, some priest suggest it is forbidden, Sacrametum Caritatis actually encourages it.

A priest may hear confessions during the Sacred Triduum, the celebration of additional Masses is forbidden, as is the distribution of Holy Communion, except as Viaticum. There is no ban on the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance. Though to be fair to priests Holy Saturday be pretty frantic getting ready for the Easter Vigil.


Anonymous said...

We're fortunate in having many opportunities for confession during most Masses..

Dr. Peter H. Wright said...

Thank you, Father.
That's exactly what I thought.

I presume the same rule applies to Baptism and Extreme Unction "in extremis".

Joseph Fromm said...

While on a pilgrimage to Poland it was customary at Mass for a secondary priest to hear confessions up through the homily. This was also the custom in the Jesuit churches I attended in Poland.

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