ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, March 23, 2007  – This year, the Diocese of Rockville Centre designated Monday, April 2, 2007, Reconciliation Monday -- a day dedicated to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance).  On this first day of Holy Week, each of the 133 parishes in the diocese will have priests available to hear confessions from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.  This day is in addition to the regularly scheduled times the sacrament is available at each parish. 

This special day offers all Catholics, even those who have been away from the Church, an opportunity to receive God’s loving forgiveness before Easter.  “Maybe it’s been a long time, maybe not, regardless, why not pay a visit to church and celebrate the Sacrament of Penance.  Through this beautiful Sacrament, Catholics experience God’s mercy and forgiveness and are filled with his peace,” said the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.

This is the eighth consecutive year in which the diocese has set aside a day during Lent when all parishes offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the same time. 

To find a Catholic church near you, contact the Diocese of Rockville Centre at 516-678-5800.  For a complete list of parishes, visit the Diocese of Rockville Centre online at

About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million).  There are 134 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions.  There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. 



Sean P. Dolan
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