I know right? It’s only been 50 years…
It seems like yesterday. :rolleyes:
All the churches in my area that I know of offer confession at least on Saturdays. I am very blessed to be part of a parish where confessions are heard daily and additional times during Lent and Advent.
We only have confession at my parish on Saturdays at 3:30pm which is 1 hour and 45 minuets before the Saturday night vigil Mass. But, there are near by Parishes that have confession on other days of the week as well as Saturday. So, anyone around here, that does their research (and if someone wants to go to go to confession bad enough, you will do your research) will find that they have several parishes all within driving distance that offer confession almost every day of the week. I have not found a local parish that has confession on Sunday or Monday but any other day of the week, I know of at least one parish that has confession. They are all in the evening, so having a morning job makes it easy to make it. Having a swing shift or graveyard shift job would make it harder but then I know of a Parish that is a little further away that has daily confessions around 7:00 in the morning. If it is still impossible to attend, then making a appointment seems like the solution.
As for the penance services, I have only been to two and I don’t remember exactly how it went down. All I know is that even if a priest does not ask me to say a act of contrition, I do it anyways when I leave the confessional. And if a priest tried to dismiss me without a penance, I would ask him for it. If he told me I already did it, I would just take his word for it.
If you are ever up north in the big city there are confessions heard many times a day, every day. It’s pretty awesome.
I found a listing of parishes and their listed times for confession here:
You can participate at other parishes besides your own, as I’m sure you already know/