By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
During this Advent season, which begins Dec. 1, many parishes throughout the Diocese of Davenport will hold additional penance services during which multiple priests will be available to hear confessions. Below is a list of communal penance services that parishes provided to The Catholic Messenger.
According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the sacrament of penance challenges Catholics to examine their hearts inwardly and then express outwardly the ways they have failed to love God and neighbor, through personal sin and social sin.
Examination of conscience teaches Catholics to look squarely at their lives to see how well they are living the Gospel (Pope Benedict XVI, address to participants in the Course on the Internal Forum organized by the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, March 25, 2011).
In recognizing their failings, Catholics can bring about a conversion in their hearts so that they are receptive to God’s forgiveness and allow God’s grace to heal them and their relationships (USCCB).
Blue Grass – St. Andrew Parish, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn – St. Patrick Parish, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
Clinton – Prince of Peace Parish, Dec. 21, 11 a.m.
Colfax – Immaculate Conception Parish, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
Columbus Junction, St. Joseph Parish, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.
Coralville – St. Thomas More Parish, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
Davenport Deanery – Our Lady of Victory Parish, Davenport, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.; St. John Vianney Parish, Bettendorf, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Davenport – Our Lady of Victory Parish, additional penance services Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 4-5:30 p.m.
Davenport – Sacred Heart Cathedral, “Leaving the Light On” each Wednesday of Advent, 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Davenport – St. Anthony Parish, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.
Davenport – St. Mary Parish, Dec. 14, 10-11:15 a.m. (English and Spanish)
Des Moines County – St. John Church, Burlington, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. (for Divine Mercy Parish, Burlington-West Burlington and St. Mary Parish, Dodgeville).
DeWitt – St. Joseph Parish, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.
East Pleasant Plain – Ss. Joseph & Cabrini Parish, Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m.
Fairfield – St. Mary Parish, Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m.
Farmington – St. Boniface Parish, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m.
Fort Madison – Holy Family Parish, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. at Ss. Mary & Joseph Church.
Grinnell – St. Mary Parish, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
Houghton – St. John the Baptist Parish, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.
Iowa City – St. Mary Parish, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.
Iowa City – St. Patrick Parish, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
Iowa City – St. Wenceslaus Parish, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
Knoxville – St. Anthony Parish, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.
Lone Tree – St. Mary Parish, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. (for St. Joseph Parish, Hills, and St. Mary parishes in Lone Tree and Nichols).
Melcher-Dallas – Sacred Heart Parish, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
Mount Pleasant – St. Alphonsus Parish, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.
Muscatine – Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish, Dec. 1, 3 p.m. at St. Mathias Church
Newton – Sacred Heart Parish, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
Oskaloosa – St. Mary Parish, Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m.
Ottumwa – St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, Dec. 8, 1 p.m. (for Ottumwa community).
Oxford Junction – Sacred Heart Parish, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. (for Ss. Philip & James Parish, Grand Mound; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, Lost Nation; and Sacred Heart Parish, Oxford Junction)
Pella – St. Mary Parish, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
Solon – St. Mary Parish, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Victor – St. Bridget Parish, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
West Branch – St. Bernadette Parish, Dec. 7, 4-4:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
West Point – St. Mary Parish, Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m.