“The Light is ON for You” will take place in 15 churches in the Diocese of Baton Rouge during Lent. This successful effort to provide weekly opportunities for Catholics to receive the sacrament of reconciliation will begin Feb. 27.


“The Light Is ON for You” allows those who want to receive the sacrament of reconciliation the opportunity to have several priests available at the churches participating in the program. Those going to confession can choose to confess their sins “face to face,” talking directly to the priest, or do so kneeling behind a grill or screen.

The churches participating in “The Light Is ON for You” will have priests available for confession from 6 to 7:00 or 7:30 p.m. Aids for preparing one’s self to receive the sacrament will be available in the churches.

Most other churches will provide extra hours for Catholics to receive this sacrament of forgiveness. Some churches will offer prayer services focused on reconciliation with priests available for confession after penitents have an opportunity to prepare themselves to receive the sacrament.

Bishop Robert W. Muench said in a letter to the people of the Diocese of Baton Rouge that everyone should take the opportunity to go to confession during Lent, no matter how long it has been since receiving God’s grace through this sacrament.

Churches having “The Light Is ON For You” this year are:

Feb. 27, Mar. 5, 12, 19 & 26

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Apr. 2 – 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.

St. Jean Vianney, 16166 South Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge

Feb. 29, Mar. 7, 14 & 21

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Immaculate Conception, 865 Hatchell Lane, Denham Springs

Feb. 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21 & 28

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Holy Ghost, 601 North Oak St., Hammond

St. Augustine, 809 New Roads St., New Roads

St. John the Baptist, 402 S. Kirkland Drive, Brusly

St. John the Evangelist, 57805 Main St., Plaquemine

Feb. 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28 & Apr. 4

6:00-7:30 p.m.

St. Thomas More, 11441 Goodwood Blvd.,

Baton Rouge

St. Aloysius, 2025 Stuart Ave., Baton Rouge

St. George, 7808 St. George Dr., Baton Rouge

Our Lady of Mercy, 445 Marquette Ave.,

Baton Rouge

Feb. 29 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.

St. Helena, 122 South First St., Amite

Mar. 76:00-7:30 p.m.

Mater Dolorosa, 609 West 3rd St., Independence

Mar. 14 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.

St. Joseph, 15710 Hwy. 16, French Settlement

Mar. 21 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.

St. Joseph, 255 North 8th St., Ponchatoula

Mar. 28 – 6:00-7:30 p.m.

St. Margaret, 30300 Catholic Hall Road, Albany