Communal penance service times

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Father Lou Leonhardt hears a confession at a communal penance service at St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City in this file photo.

During this Lenten season, many parishes throughout the Diocese of Davenport will add additional penance services in which multiple priests will be available to hear confessions. Below is a listing of communal penance services provided by parishes to The Catholic Messenger.
According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the sacrament of penance challenges us to examine our hearts inwardly and then express outwardly the ways we have failed to love God and neighbor — through both personal sin and social sin.

Examining our consciences teaches us how to “look squarely at our life” to see how well we are living the Gospel (Pope Benedict XVI, Address to participants in the Course on the Internal Forum organized by the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, March 25, 2011).

Only in recognizing our failings can our hearts be converted to God so that we can receive his forgiveness and allow his grace to heal us and our relationships.

Albia, St. Mary, March 31 at 1:30 p.m.
Bettendorf, Our Lady of Lourdes, March 24 at 3 p.m. (for Davenport Deanery)
Brooklyn, St. Patrick, March 13 at 7 p.m.
Burlington-West Burlington, Divine Mercy, April 6 at 10 a.m. at St. John Church. (for Des Moines County parishes)
Centerville, St. Mary, March 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Clinton, Prince of Peace, April 13 at 11 a.m.
Colfax, Immaculate Conception, April 3 at 7 p.m.
Coralville, St. Thomas More, April 8 at 7 p.m.
Cosgrove, St. Peter, March 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Davenport, Our Lady of Victory, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. (for Davenport Deanery with Bishop Thomas Zinkula)
Davenport, St. Anthony, March 30 at 10 a.m.
Farmington, St. Boniface, March 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Fairfield, St. Mary, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Fort Madison, Holy Family, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church.
Grand Mound, Ss. Philip & James, March 24 at 5 p.m. with Bishop Thomas Zinkula
Grinnell, St. Mary, March 17 at 4 p.m.
Iowa City, Newman Catholic Student Center, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Iowa City, St. Mary, April 6 at 10 a.m.
Iowa City, St. Patrick, April 7 at 2 p.m.
Iowa City, St. Wenceslaus, April 9 at 7 p.m.
Keokuk, All Saints, March 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Knoxville, St. Anthony, April 7 at 4 p.m.
Lone Tree, St. Mary, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. (hosted by parish clusters of St. Mary in Lone Tree and Nichols and St. Joseph in Hills)
Melcher, Sacred Heart, April 7 at 2 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, St. Alphonsus, April 1 at 7 p.m.
Muscatine, Ss. Mary & Mathias, April 14 at 3 p.m. at St. Mathias Church.
Newton, Sacred Heart, March 27 at 7 p.m.
Oskaloosa, St. Mary, March 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Oxford, St. Mary, March 31 at 1 p.m.
Pella, St. Mary, March 24 at 2 p.m.
St. Paul, St. James the Less, April 7 at 4:30 p.m.
Victor, St. Bridget, April 10 at 7 p.m.
West Point, St. Mary, April 7 at 3 p.m.
Williamsburg, St. Mary, April 7 at 4 p.m. (hosted by the parishes of Williamsburg, Marengo and North English)

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