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Is it normal for parishes NOT to have the regular confession times after having a "communal penance service" a week or two before Christmas? What if I mess up during those last couple weeks of Advent? Do I have to wait until after Christmas or the new year to be able to receive Communion because there is no confession? It's the same way during Lent - no regular confession times two weeks before Easter.
Our pastor always seems so rushed, especially before the major holidays (Christmas and Easter) and I don't feel comfortable making an appointment for confession with the associate pastor yet. :o
Our priest is the same. Confessions are by appointment always.
If you need the Sacrament and there's an associate pastor, please don't hesitate to ask him!
Using our diocesan website, I've put together a list of every parish within 2-3 hour' drive that has scheduled Confessions. It's not ideal, but at least I know when and where a priest is offering the Sacrament.
During Holy Week, it's been my experience that Confessions are not heard on Holy Saturday. In fact, when I was young I showed up as usual on Saturday. Father grinned and said he would only hear my confession if I was in dire need.