Has anybody ever walked in on you....

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Has anybody ever walked in on you....
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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 1:27pm

while you're in the confessional?


Our confessional is set up similar to the "old style" confessionals.

 


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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 1:58pm

WHen I was growing up we had good ole confessionals... the priest was in the middle and a penitant on each side...... there was a screen and then a door that the priest would slide open so you knew it was your turn......I don't ever remember hearing anyone from the other side...


our current church has

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 2:12pm

In at least the past 15 years, I have only been to communal pennace.

 

Ann, married to my best friend since June 5, 1999

Happy Mom to 4 boys:  Phillip (9/00), Kevin (5/02), Matthew (10/03) and Jonathan (7/06).  And 1 Girl

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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 2:32pm

It is surprising how un-intuitive the lights over the confessional can be. Or maybe they do work if the priest remembers to use them...?

Our set up is modern, because the church was built in 1980, and we have added to it over the years. Our confessionals are complete rooms, and you go in one door whether you are going to the screen or face to face. After the sexual abuse scandals a few years ago, they added windows to the doors so you can see the person making their confession. There's no possibility of anyone walking in on you unless they were blind (literally).

The priests hear confession on Saturdays from 4 to 5pm, and I think there are a couple of times during the week too.

I would love to say I take the kids once a month, but even though that is always my plan, it's more like 5-6 times a year. They don't exactly jump with joy over it, but it's really no big deal to them, because the priests in our parish, while they all have different styles, make it pretty painless. I also go on my own when I'm on a retreat where confession is offered - I find I get a lot out of going to confession with a different priest.

The more often I go to confession, the more I realize I need to confess. They may not be mortal sins, but they do keep me from being close to Christ. If Mother Teresa confessed every day, who am I to think I don't need to?

If you look at the first commandment - "I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me" - I'll bet very, very few of us can say that is really true in our lives. Almost all of us would have to admit that we put many things before God in our lives. As long as I can tell that I cling to and put my trust, time, and love into my family, work, home, wants, needs, opinions, more than God, I'm going to have to keep going to confession.

Kelly

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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 4:44pm

My goal with my kids is

 


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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 4:50pm

I remember those old rooms with the curtains and the darkness and a person on each side.

 


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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 5:04pm

We went from doing the once-a-year Advent penance service to going every 3 months.

 


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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 6:16pm

Ann writes: "but I did have the priest stop me short and move into the prayer of absolution ~ I am hoping that he was just hard of hearing and thought I was done.

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 6:19pm

Karen writes: " We went from doing the once-a-year Advent penance service to going every 3 months.

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Sun, 04-05-2009 - 9:25pm
Well, no, I haven't been walked in on during confession. However, I have been walked in on during other private or personal things. Our parish has a red light and green light over the door. Basic traffic signals for us.
~Trish

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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 7:08am
Oh right, thanks I realize that.

 

Ann, married to my best friend since June 5, 1999

Happy Mom to 4 boys:  Phillip (9/00), Kevin (5/02), Matthew (10/03) and Jonathan (7/06).  And 1 Girl

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