The Lenten “24 Hours for the Lord,” designated for Friday, March 4/Saturday, March 5, 2016 during this Jubilee Year of Mercy is to be a diocesan-wide observance for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
This initiative, initially proposed by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, promotes throughout the world the opening of churches for an extended period of time for the purpose of inviting people to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The theme has been taken from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians, “God rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4). This exercise is again strongly encouraged by Pope Francis during the Year of Mercy:
So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace." (Misericordiae Vultus, 17)
Check your local parish for details.