Someone asked recently if I still am able to go out and make sick calls.
Anyway, the answer is definitely “yes”, and if someone is in need of a visit please just call the office. As I mentioned in one of our online Masses I have been to the hospital this week, visited Retail Veteran’s Home and to a private home to visit someone who was dying (none of the people were suspected of having Covid-19). So, I am definitely available.
Even if someone were possibly infected I have a whole kit with mask, face-shield, gloves, gown and guardian angel. So don’t hesitate to call.
Harrison Medical Center also called today and asked, if the need should arise in the future, if I would be willing to visit someone who had tested positive for Covid-19. I told them, definitely I’d be happy to come (so long as I don’t have to be in quarantine afterward). They said that the directives they had received were that priests can only visit suspected Covid-19 cases if the person was actively dying. A policy which, while difficult, probably makes sense.
So don’t wait until you are sick to go to confession! Be prepared for whatever may come.
Confession schedule: Saturday at 10:00am and 3:00pm. Wed-Fri 5pm.
However, very importantly the Apostolic Penitentiary today also reminded the faithful of this reality:
“Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452)”
This means that even in cases where it is impossible to go to confession, if you have
- perfect contrition along with,
- a sincere request to God for forgiveness accompanied by,
- the desire or the resolve to make a sacramental confession at the first opportunity
obtains forgiveness of sins.
So if something really bad happens and the priest is not able to come – be at peace. Just be sorry, tell God you are sorry, and desire confession even if it is impossible or improbable that you will have the opportunity to go to confession.
As an aside, this is only in the case where the possibility of confession is not present, and this is not a viable process to receive communion without having first gone to confession after committing a mortal sin.