Sunday, March 3, 2013

If you live here you really don't have an excuse for not going to Confession [Bumped]

Updated on March 26, 2013
[Originally posted August 22, 2008]
Two of this area's most prolific and respected bloggers, Adoro and Terry, coincidentally posted recently on difficulties in finding a place to go to Confession. Jeepers, you'd think with 230 parishes in our archdiocese, that should be no problem.

Well, the problem is that most parishes seem to make it available on Saturday afternoons between 3:00 and 5:00, before the Vigil Mass. In days of yore, the kids went to confession on Friday afternoons, I believe, and the grown ups lined up on Saturday mornings or during parish missions or Holy Week. Maybe the problem is that we don't see many lines any more so pastors aren't offering it more often.

But a major logistical problem with sin is that it just does not happen only on Friday nights. Sin is a 24/7 event, sadly, for most of us. Therefore, it is great when we can get dash on over to the morning Confessional line, encounter only a few ahead of us and get shriven of our sins so we can face the day with joy.

Therefor the Official Minnesota Catholic Directory (a two year old edition) was scoured for those parishes that offer Confession on a daily basis (bold type) or at other times than Saturday afternoons.

Tape this to your refrigerator along with the kids homework, your workout schedule or your weight loss stats. Isn't your spiritual health as important as other important parts of your life?

Anoka St. Stephen Thursdays 7:00 p.m.
Blaine St. Timothy Saturday 6:00 pm
Burnsville MMOTC Saturday 9-10 a.m.
Carver St. Nicholas Saturday 6-6:30 p.m.
Coon Rapids Epiphany After M-F Masses; 9-10:00 am Sat
Corcoran St. Thomas Sun: 7:30 a.m.; Thurs: 11:30 a.m.
Crystal St. Raphael Saturday: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Delano St. Joseph Thursday: After 8:30 a.m. Mass
Eagan St. John Neumann Wednesday: 7:00 p.m.
Edina Our Lady of Grace Saturday: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Edina St. Patrick Saturday: 1:00 p.m.
Excelsior John the Baptist Sunday: 7:30-7:50; 9:30-9:50
Faribault Divine Mercy Saturday: 8-8:30; 9-9:30;
Weds & Fri: 8:00 a.m.
Forest Lake St. Peter M-F: After 8:30 a.m. Mass
Ham Lake St. Paul Mon: 8:15 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Hastings St Elizabeth Seton M-F: 6:45 a.m.
Hopkins John the Evangelist Saturday: 8:45 a.m
Medina Holy Name Saturday: 8:30 a.m.
Minneapolis Holy Rosary Sun: 8:45-9:15; Sun: 10:30-11:00 (Spanish)
Minneapolis OL of Lourdes 30 min. before weekend Masses
Minneapolis St. Joseph Hien 30 minutes before all Masses
Minneapolis St Anthony/Padua Saturday: 7:45-8:15
Minneapolis St. Helena Saturday 2:45-3:15
Minneapolis St. Lawrence/Newman Saturday 9:30-10:00
Minneapolis St. Leonard Saturday: After 8:00 Mass
Minneapolis St. Olaf M-F after a.m. Mass;
TThSa after noon Mass
Northfield St. Dominic M-F: 4:45 p.m.
Norwood/YA Ascension 7:30-8:15 p.m.
Ramsey Katherine Drexel 30 minutes before all Masses
Robbinsdale Sacred Heart Tues-Sat: 7:30-7:50 am [change]
St. Anthony Charles Borromeo Sat: 8:30-9 am; Weds: 5:20 pm
St. Bonnie St. Boniface Tues-Weds: 7:45-8:00 a.m.
St. Louis Pk Holy Family Sunday: 8:00-8:50 a.m.
St. Paul
St. Paul
Holy Childhood
Sunday: 9:30-10:00 [new]
M-F: 11:30-11:55
St. Paul Bl. Sacrament Saturday: 2:30-3:30
St. Paul Cathedral M-F: 4:00-5:05 p.m. [change]
Lent 2010: March 20, Communal
March 29, 30, 31: 3-5 & 7-8:30 [new]

St. Paul Nativity M-F: 7:45 & 4:30
St. Paul St. Agnes Sat: 7:30-9:00 a.m.;
after Tuesday devotions
St. Paul St. Bernard Monday: after 8:15 Mass
St. Paul Francis de Sales Saturday: 2:30-3:30
St. Paul St. James Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.
St. Paul St. John Before every Mass
St. Paul St Louis M-F:6:30, 9:30; also 6:30; 9:30 & 11:30 Mon
6:45 & 11:30 Tues - Fri
Sat: 6:30, 11:30
except Holy Days & Holidays  [New]
St. Paul Thomas More Tuesday: 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul St. Matthew Tuesday: 7:15 a.m.
St. Paul St. Stanislaus Saturday: 2:30-3:00
St. Paul SVDP (Hmong)
Sunday: 8:00-8:45 a.m.

St Paul
St. Paul
UST, St Thomas Chapel
St. Andrew
John the Baptist
M-F 3:15 - 4:15 (NEW)
Sat: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (NEW)
Saturday: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Shakopee St. Mary 15 minutes before Masses
Shoreview St. Odilia Saturday: 9:00 a.m.
S. St. Paul St. Augustine Saturday: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Stillwater St. Mary Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Stillwater St. Michael M-F: 5:05-5:25 p.m.
Taylors Falls St. Joseph After all Masses
Victoria St. Victoria Saturday: 6:00 p.m.
Watertown Imm. Conception Friday: 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Waverly St. Mary Before daily Mass
W. St. Paul St. Joseph Saturday: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
W. St. Paul St. Michael Saturday: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
White Bear St. Mary/Lake Saturday: 9:00 a.m.


Anonymous said...

Confessions at the Cathedral are now 4-5:05pm Mon-Fri. I am a staff member. Please update!

Thanks for the great post!

Anonymous said...

p.s. Confessions on Saturday are from 3:30-5pm (or, whenever the lines are done). There are FOUR confessors and there is Eucharistic Adoration (in the gorgeous main sanctuary) during this time culminating with Benediction at 5pm!

Unknown said...


Thanks for he info. I changed the M-Th data. But the post would be too long if I posted all the parishes with their "Saturday afternoon" times.

But its great to hear that the Cathedral needs four priests to give the sacrament. I know that at St. Agnes and Nativity, it is not uncommon to see three priests on duty.

And I'm sure there are other parishes where Confession is coming back into vogue.

Geometricus said...

According to the latest bulletin (found at )
Sacred Heart in Robbinsdale actually has confession before daily mass Tuesday THROUGH Saturday inclusive, and not just the three days listed there. The new pastor Fr. Bryan Pedersen is continuing the rigorous schedule of the last Pastor Fr. Creagan, God bless them both.

So off I go to Sacred Heart this morning! Yes, sin IS 24/7.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates about the Cathedral, but it is not Mon-Thurs, it is Mon-FRI.


Anonymous said...

And Father Creagan is now at St. Jóe´s in West St. Paul. Father Pederson was great in South Saint Paul. We miss him.

Terry Nelson said...

I think you are going straight to heaven for this. Gosh - I wish I lived in a church - I need to go to confession every day it seems.

Anonymous said...

There's daily confession M-F, 3:15 - 4:15pm at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Anon., I've added the UST Chapel hours. I assume that probably that is only when school is in session.

Cathy_of_Alex said...

St. Andrew at 1051 Como in St. Paul has Confession on Saturday from 3-4 p.m.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Janice.

I've added it to the list.


Adoro said...

Um, I need to correct the record. I did not post on difficulty in finding Confession. At my parish, Confessions are offered 3 times per day, and twice on Saturdays, any time by appointment, including on Sundays between Masses. (I've seen it happen)

My post from that day several months ago was not about the availablity or lack therof, but about the need of us to receive Communion while in a state of grace.

I was also indicating a moment I was rushing to get to Confession before they ended as my parish changed the time from after Mass to before it, which is a problem with my regular work hours. (ie I can no longer normally attend the evening Mass, nor can I get to evening Confession).

I just don't want anyone to be misled on what I actually stated or what that post was about.

Terry Nelson said...

Um, I need to correct the record. I did not post on difficulty in finding Confession.
My post from that day several months ago was not about the availablity or lack therof....
I just don't want anyone to be misled on what I actually stated or what that post was about.


Anonymous said...

Confessions at Holy Childhood Catholic Church in St. Paul Midway area are -
Confessions .. 3:30-4:30 pm Saturday
Sunday Confessions…….9:30 to 10 am

Nan said...

In re: the Cathedral, there are a few additional times during Lent 2010.

March 20, 10 am, Communal penance service; please note that this is NOT a general penance service but features individual confessions with bunches of priests at some point in the middle of the service.

March 29, 30 and 31: Confession from 3-5 and 7-8:30 pm.