I don’t generally like to do this, but I have to ask if this is a usual practice. I decided to go to confession this weekend and opted to go to the nearest parish instead of the parish where I attend mass. It runs from 3 to 4 PM and I got there at 3:15. I waited in line for 45 minutes and it was finally my turn just as the bells began to ring as the clock struck 4:00. Sure enough, the light turned off and the priest was done. I was more than slightly irritated, as I had found myself in a state of mortal sin recently and could only think, “Soooo… I’d really like to receive the Eucharist this weekend, but I guess that’s not really in the cards now.” Fortunately, I was able to get to another church before their confession ended. Now for the question. Is it usual for a parish to stop confession right at the scheduled time? Usually I see the priest(s) continue until everyone has had a chance to confess their sins as long as there isn’t something else happening in the church.
PS - as a note to how rough my confession experience wound up being. As I’m in confession, I’m in the face-to-face side and the light is on, etc. And then I hear someone enter the screen side and see the light come on and could only think, “Are you kidding me?” And then surely the person would have heard that there was someone with the priest, but whoever it was apparently chose not to leave. It was toward the end of my confession so there really wasn’t anything for me to be really embarrassed about, but I just couldn’t believe everything that was piling on in my attempt to be reconciled with God.