Be Reconciled Again Provides The Opportunity for Grace
April 6, 2023
DIOCESE—Catholics throughout the Rockford Diocese again took advantage of the opportunity to go to confession all day on March 29. 
Now in its ninth year, Be Reconciled is a program started by Bishop David Malloy to both encourage and provide a way for Catholics who have been away from the Church and the sacrament of reconciliation to come back. Always set for the week before Holy Week each year, Be Reconciled Day also helps Catholics prepare for Easter. In most cases parishes offered confessions from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
However, a number of small parishes and parishes close to one another staggered times so that people could easily find a place and time close by.  Some larger parishes in the diocese offer extended hours. This year at St. Joseph Parish in Elgin, priests started hearing confessions early.
Msgr. Arquimedes Vallejo, pastor at St. Joseph in Elgin, said “We started at 7 a.m. It has really been a day of blessings, reconciliation, and conversion. Many people came with 20, 25, 30 years without confession.
There is where we see the grace, the power and the force of the Holy Spirit to touch, move, and convince people to approach this sacred sacrament.
“We have the grace of having three priests listening to confessions, all day long, it has been one of the biggest blessings for this parish,” Msgr. Vallejo said.
Many parishes, like Elgin,  reported having long lines but all moved quickly.
Parishioners at St. Mary Parish in Huntley were welcomed with beautiful and soothing recorded music that softly played inside the church. It set the tone for quiet reflection before and after confession on this Be Reconciled Day.  
In Crystal Lake, a steady stream of people came to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church for confession in the chapel.  When the chapel was full, many quietly waited and sat outside its doors before entering.
—Contributing to this report were Margarita Mendoza and Patricia Szpekowski.
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