Lenten Penance Service

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Bilingual Lenten Penance Service!​​

Thursday, March 26, 2020
at 6:30pm in the church.  

Several priests will be available to hear individual confessions in English and Spanish.
Lent is a wonderful time to celebrate the reconciling love and the healing graces our Lord offers us. Like all religious experiences, it takes preparation.

Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, one should prepare themselves with an examination of conscience.  An examination of conscience is a "prayerful self-reflection on our words and deeds in the light of the Gospel to determine how we may have sinned against God" (— Glossary, The Catechism of the Catholic Church.)

Below are a few examples of Examinations of Conscience that can help you prepare for the Sacrament.

The Structure of the Service

Public Prayer
Usually, a communal penance service includes a Scripture reading and brief exhortation by the priest. This is followed by an examination of conscience, and then the entire community prays the Act of Contrition together. Sometimes, a single, general penance is assigned to everyone participating; at other times the assignment of a penance is done during the individual confession.

Individual Confession and Reconciliation
After the communal part of the ceremony, those present will individually confess their sins to the priest and receive absolution and a penance if it has not been assigned in the communal setting. The Act of Contrition is not repeated privately, because it has been part of the communal section of the service. The words of absolution are said by the priest individually over the penitent or a collective penance is given.

2020 Lenten Penance Service Around the Deanery

Monday, March 16 – 7:00pm
St. Margaret Mary Church
526 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Tuesday, March 24 – 10:00am and 7:00pm
St. Mary Magdalen Church
861 Maitland Ave.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Wednesday, March 25 – 7:00pm
Most Precious Blood Church
113 Lockwood Blvd.
Oviedo, FL 32765

Monday, March – 6:30pm
All Souls Church
3280 W 1st St.
Sanford, FL 32771

Wednesday, April 1 – 6:30pm
St. Francis of Assisi Church
834 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Apopka, FL 32703

Thursday, April 2 – 7:00pm
Nativity Church
3255 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd.
Longwood, FL 32750

Monday, April 6 – 7:30pm
St. Stephens Church
575 Tuskawilla Rd.
Winter Springs, FL 32708