In our parish, we use the remaining “non-converted” confessionals for storage closets.
I find this most inappropriate. It is also hard to find things that have been stuffed in there.
I thought they might at least clean them out and open them for First Reconciliation, but not to be. Father set himself up in the reconciliation room, which has the option of face-to-face or a screen, and is a converted confessional. The other numerous priests who came as confessors to First Reconciliation were given “stations” of chairs around the church, with the penitent having the option of confessing behind the priest or face-to-face. :mad: Everybody saw everybody else going to confession. One mother had to be stopped from taping her child’s first confession with an elderly priest via camcorder.
There is a church in the Loop called St. Peter on Madison. It has MANY confesionals located throughout the church. They are real confessionals, the “boxes”. There is an option for a friar confessor to hear confessions face-to-face in the mezzanine.