These information pages have been designed for anyone interested in learning more about the Evening of Confession or to help people connect to the Catholic faith.  Our parish communities look forward to welcoming you!

You are personally invited to the Evening of Confession held between 5 – 8 pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at all Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Cleveland and from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at all Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Youngstown

If you are looking for a parish to attend near you in the Diocese of Cleveland, please use the Parish Locator on the right side of this page.

Special Note for Participation in Youngstown: 

Please check with the parish in Youngstown nearest you to find out details at https://doy.org/parishes/

In the Diocese of Youngstown, parishes will have a choice of celebrating the Evening of Confession either in the form of Individual Confessions or a Lenten Communal Penance Service. 

“The joy of God is the joy of forgiveness.” – Pope Francis

God’s forgiveness, Francis said, “is a sign of his overflowing love for each of us:  that love that gives us the freedom to stray, like the prodigal son, but that every day awaits our return with open arms; it is the love of the shepherd who goes in search of the lost sheep; it is the tenderness with which each sinner is welcomed when he knocks at His door.

And when we come back to him, he welcomes us like children into his house, for he never ceases, not for one instant, to wait for us with love. And his heart rejoices over every child who returns. He is celebrating because he is joy. God has this joy, when one of us sinners goes to him and asks his forgiveness… It is love of God and neighbor that brings fulfillment to all the Commandments. And this is the love of God, his joy: forgiveness. He waits for us always!”

You are invited to come and encounter Jesus through this Sacrament!

Invite a Loved One or Friend:

Let us also encourage each other to come together to celebrate.  Perhaps we can think of someone to accompany us, someone who is lost, by meeting them where they are at and bringing them to a place of love, healing and transformation as well.  We are all missionary disciples on our pilgrimage of life.  God doesn’t want any of us to feel lost.  He wants us to feel infinitely loved and intimately connected so we may be sent to joyfully proclaim God’s love and mercy to the world!

Additional Information

If you have the question of “Why go to confession?” or “How to go to confession?” click on the link on the top right side of this page Why’s & How To’s of Confession.

If you are seeking additional information on the Sacrament of Confession including answers about confession, advice on how to make a good confession, choices of examination of conscience, or teachings of the Popes,  please click on Learn More About Confession on the top right side of this page.

If you are interested in learning more about joining the faith, please click Becoming Catholic on the top right side of the page.

Contact Us

If you would like to talk with someone about the faith, please contact Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND at (216) 696-6525, ext. 2200.