Fete-Dieu du Teche has expanded its evangelization activity to include the purchase of an old
ambulance and convert it into a Spiritual Care Unit to provide for evangelization at locations
away from the parishes as well as for providing greater access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation
and Penance. Bishop Michael Jarrell, D.D. blessed the SCU Mobile Confessional on November 12.
Jesus worked out of Peter's mother-in-law's house in Capernaum but he was also much of the time
on the road encountering people where they lived and worked and socialized. This is a good model
for the priest and for the Church's evangelizing mission. Jesus did say we need at times to leave
the 99 and go out to the 1. With poor Church attendance today, this might translate into leaving
the 1 to go out to the 99. The idea is not to cater to laziness or to denigrate the value of the
Sacrament, but rather to give greater access and availability of the Sacrament to those who may have
been away for some time. In such a way we will encourage persons to return to frequenting the Sacrament
of Confession in their home parish. It also gives a public witness to our Catholic faith, encourages a
greater exercise of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and hopefully becomes an occasion of grace for many
to return to the beautiful Sacrament of Mercy.
Pope Francis, through his Grand Penitentiary, His Eminence Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, has granted the Jubilee
Plenary Indulgence to all those who devoutly visit the mobile confessional (SCU) for confession and there
pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This is valid on any day during the entire Holy Year of Mercy!