Evening of Reconciliation to be held on September 12 and Day of Prayer and Fasting to be held on September 13
August 20, 2012
To: Clergy, Religious, and Laity of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Last year we began the practice of offering the Sacrament of Penance, better known as confession, on a weekday near the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. I am pleased to inform you that many, many people throughout the Archdiocese took advantage of this opportunity last year and the priests have decided overwhelmingly to continue this practice.
This year confessions will be available in all Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 beginning at 7:00pm. Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to invite the healing Christ into your heart with his promise of forgiveness and reconciliation.
We have also decided to declare Friday, September 14, 2012, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, as a day of prayer and fasting in the Archdiocese of New Orleans as we prepare for local, state, and national elections. We all know the political arena has become more tension-filled and sometimes lacks civility. We as Catholic Christians must be an example of respect and must make sure that our consciences are well formed in order to go into the voting booth. Your Parish has materials from the US Bishops Conference on “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”
In voting for all elections there are seven issues that we ask Catholics to consider specifically.
- Life and dignity of the human person
- A call to family
- Human rights
- An option for the poor
- The dignity of work
- Solidarity with others to end racism
- A care for God’s creation
By reviewing the Catholic Church’s teachings we ask that you carefully reflect on them and decide which candidate’s platform best reflects these teachings of Christ and the Church.
The Catholic Church does not endorse or denounce any candidates. We ask people to bring the candidates to prayer and to reflect upon their platform and to compare it to the teachings of Christ and the Church.
In closing I urge you in the spirit of the forgiving Christ to consider celebrating his mercy in confession on September 12, 2012, and to join in this day of prayer and fasting on September 14, 2012 as we prepare for elections in November.
Wishing you God’s blessings, I am
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond
Archbishop of New Orleans