St. Andrews Church, Bagenalstown Parish

Date and Time

5pm Friday 28th March – 5pm Saturday 29th March

’24 Hours for the Lord’

St. Andrews Church will be opened for 24hours of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and  Confession

All are WelcomePope promotes Confession with ’24 Hours for the Lord’

Pope Francis together with the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation has launched a prayer action called ’24 hours for the Lord’ to encourage people to return to the sacrament of reconciliation.

Priests of the diocese of Rome, lead by the Pope, will offer Eucharistic adoration and the sacrament of penance on Friday 28 March and Saturday 29 March in St Peter’s Basilica and three other Roman churches.

The  hope is that the action will be replicated all over the world, and that at least one church in each diocese will remain open for the full 24 hours to offer the sacrament of reconciliation to those who wish to celebrate it, preferably within the context of Eucharistic adoration.

In Rome, the initiative will begin in St Peter’s at 5pm when the Pope will lead a penitential service and hear confessions.

At 8pm, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, the Church of St Agnes in Piazza Navona and the Church of the Holy Stigmata near Largo Argentina will be open for confessions and adoration into the night.

The plan is for the ‘24 hours’ to continue until 4pm on Saturday 29 March, concluding at 5pm with the celebration of First Vespers of Dominica in Laetare in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, the Roman Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation stresses that ’24 Hours for the Lord’ is for the whole Catholic Church and one of its main aims is to create a powerful tradition.

Its plan is that the event will be celebrated on or around the Fourth Sunday in Lent in the future.