While many people see confession as an obligation or a burden, it is in fact a great gift from God. It allows us to leave the past behind, to know God's forgiveness, to look to the future and, over time, to become better people. The number of confessions at the Cathedral (and probably in most parishes) always rises during Lent. In addition to the usual times there will be a parish penitential service on Tuesday 7th April at 7pm (with individual confession and absolution). This evening some of the children of our parish will benefit from this sacrament of reconciliation for the first time. Please remember them in your prayers.