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3rd Sunday of Lent


Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions – Webinar Handout 25 October 2022

Institution              [Jesus said to his disciples:] “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).

2nd century           After Baptism, the penitent may be forgiven of the sin of apostasy after the bishop sees evidence of repentance and satisfaction of penance.

4th century            Confession and public penitential discipline in the presence of the bishop and assembly

6th century            Council decrees that persons in the Order of Penitents have not to have access to Holy Communion until the completion of their public penance and absolution by bishop

6th to 11th c          Influence of Celtic monasteries – introduces private confession with acceptance of satisfaction by priest (previously reserved to bishop) with the priest offering the penance and absolution

1614                      Roman Ritual after the Council of Trent -- Ordo ministrandi sacramentum poenitentiae

12-4-1963             Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy, Second Vatican Council:

                              “The rite and formularies for the Sacrament of penance are to be revised so that they more clearly express the nature and effect of the Sacrament” (Paragraph 72).

12-2-1973             Decree of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship on the new Ordo Poenitentiae signed by Archbishop Annibale Bugnini. “Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.” “Latin is in force upon publication…other translations upon approval of the Conference of Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See… on dates established by the Conferences of Bishops” The Order of Reconciling Several Penitents [within a celebration of the Word of God]

1975                      English translation of the Rite of Penance promulgated for use in the Dioceses of the USA

2010                      Rite of Penance published with readings based on the revised Lectionary

2019                      International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) provides a new translation of the Order of Penance.

June 17, 2021        USCCB approves the English translation for use in the Dioceses of the United States

April 25, 2022       Apostolic See Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments approves the text; Decree was signed by Archbishop Arthur Roche, Prefect (Prot. n. 460/21)

June 24, 2022        Archbishop José Gomez, President of the USCCB, issues a Decree of Publication on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Decree defines Ash Wednesday (22 Feb 2023) as date of first optional use of the new translation and the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy, 16 April 2023) as the mandatory use date; after that date “no other translation of the rite may be used.”


Confession Times at Holy Family

Tuesday 5:30-5:55p

Saturday 8:30-9a & 4-4:55p

Sunday 5-5:55p


  In the Garden at the Cross

Saturday 08 April from 8a-10a



Deanery Lenten Penance Services

St Michael Bradford, 14 March @ 6:30p

St Mary-of-the-Knobs, 15 March @ 7p

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 22 March @ 7p

St Mary, New Albany, 22 March @ 7p

St John Paul II, 23 March @ 6:30p

St Anthony Clarksville, 29 March @ 7p

St Michael Charlestown, 29 March @ 7p

St Francis Xavier Henryville, 30 March @ 6:30p

Nothing Less than saints for the Holy Family of God.

Holy Family, Source of Reconciliation, Pray for us.


~ Fr Jeremy M. Gries


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