Pittsburgh, Pa., Mar 22, 2018 / 23:39 pm
Through an annual initiative called "The light is on for you," dioceses throughout the U.S. have opened their doors to welcome fallen away Catholics back to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
"It's an opportunity to reach out to people who may not be regularly thinking about confession and for it to spark their interest," said Father Nicholas Vaskov, executive director of communications for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
"This is sort of the apex of a long journey back to a regular practice with their faith. They've come to a point to realize without this it's not going to be complete, just that desire to be one with God," he told CNA.
"The light is on for you" is present in dioceses including Arlington, Va., Washington, D.C., Boston, San Jose, and Dallas. Participating dioceses pick a night in Lent when every church has a priest available for confession, some with several nights throughout the Lenten season.