FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
(860) 541-6491 or (860) 335-0836
HARTFORD, Conn. – (Feb. 13, 2018) To help the faithful prepare for Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Archdiocese of Hartford will sponsor two annual Lenten traditions: Lenten Confessions and Phone Fast Fridays.
For the sixth consecutive year, church doors and doors of confessionals will be open on Mondays for those who heed the invitation of Jesus to turn away from sin and believe in the gospel. The Archdiocese of Hartford has put together a website: ConfessionMondays.com, which will list the times and locations of confessions for each parish in the archdiocese. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has recorded a Lenten message that can be seen on the website, and those who have been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation, will be able to review what to do when going to confession. In his message, the Archbishop says: “By going to confession we have the opportunity to examine our consciences with the help of divine grace, and then to hear the words of Jesus Himself through the voice of this priest: ‘I absolve you from your sins. Go in peace.’ ”
Confession Mondays begin on February 19th.
The archdiocese is also bringing back its phone fast, which is a contemporary twist on the idea of fasting. Last year, the faithful were asked to abstain from using their cell phones on Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday. This year, the campaign has expanded to include all Fridays during Lent and is being called, Phone Fast Fridays.
The motto of the campaign advises us that: “Silencing our busy phones, will give God a chance to call our hearts.”
“We are not saying that cell phones are bad. But, we are saying that they certainly consume a lot of our time. Time that we could spend on prayer and reflection or making time for a neighbor that may need our help. That’s what Lent is about,” said Maria Zone, director of communications of the Archdiocese.
Phone Fast Fridays should not take the place of the traditional Lenten disciplines that the Church observes during Lent, which are fasting from food, almsgiving and prayer. It should supplement these practices. The first Friday in Lent is February 16th.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a liturgical season of penance designed to help the faithful in their search for a deeper relationship with God through prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for Easter.
Lenten regulations include fast and abstinence for those whose health permits. Ash Wednesday (February 14) and Good Friday (March 30) are days of fast and abstinence, whereas all Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence.
Fasting means to refrain from eating food between meals and to eat only one full meal with the other two being lighter meals. It is required of those who are age 18 to 59. Liquids are permitted between meals. Abstinence is the practice of refraining from eating meat. It is required of those 14 years of age and older.