Archdiocese of Hartford


Updated Sacramental Information
for the Archdiocese of Hartford
April 15, 2020


Archdiocese of Hartford
April 1, 2020

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, confessions have continued to be heard in the Archdiocese, and anyone who felt secure in approaching the sacrament has been able to do so.  However, the time has now come to suspend confessions until further notice in light of the growing spread of the virus in Connecticut, which is anticipated to peak in the coming weeks.  This is necessary for the protection of both penitents and priests.  I repeat once again what is clearly the teaching of the Church as is set forth recently by the Apostolic Penitentiary in Rome, as follows:

“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 thins, 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).”


March 25, 2020
Extension of Closures & Cancellations
Opportunities for Prayer