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Sacrament of Reconciliation Returns

April 30, 2020

Fr. Dave will resume hearing confessions beginning next week. We have implemented a process to protect the health of all parties which will require the penitents to:

  • Make an appointment for confession – this is REQUIRED, no walk-ins will be permitted
  • Remain standing during your confession,
  • Keep confessions within the 5 minute allotted appointment time, and 
  • Follow all procedures to ensure the safety of Fr. Dave and fellow penitents. 

The schedule for next week is as follows: 

  • Tuesday, 5/5, 4 – 7 pm
  • Thursday, 5/7, 11 am – 1 pm
  • Saturday, 5/9, 12 – 3 pm

Please see the following procedures initiated to keep everyone healthy:

  1. Confessions are by appointment ONLY.
  2. Stay at home if you feel ill, have a cough or are having trouble breathing.
  3. Take your temperature before coming; our team will take your temperature before you are granted entry to the building.
  4. You MUST provide and wear your own face mask (we cannot supply them).
  5. Be ready for your appointment time by preparing for your confession at home. Please see the guide attached below. 
  6. Keep your confession BRIEF.  Only 5 minute confession times are allotted.
  7. Arrive no more than 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment.  
  8. Remain in your car when you arrive. You will greeted in the parking lot and given instructions when you arrive. 

What to expect when you arrive:

  1. Park in the Murphy Hall lot and stay in your car when you arrive. You will be greeted in the parking lot and given instructions by a volunteer.
  2. Penitents will be granted access to the building one at a time. 
  3. Upon entry, the penitent’s temperature will be taken and be provided with hand sanitizer.
  4. You’ll be directed to meet with Fr. Dave when the penitent before you has safely left the room.
  5. You will have 5 minutes with Fr. Dave for your confession and must remain standing during this time.
  6. When done, you’ll exit through a rear door, nearest to the Murphy Hall lot in order to maintain social distance between you and the next scheduled penitent.


Guide for Confessions during COVID19

St. Francis de Sales Parish

40 Granville St, Newark, OH 43055

St. Francis de Sales
Newark, OH

Phone:   740-345-9874


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