Very simply, this app allows the faithful to easily discover if their priest, or another priest in their area, is available to hear their Confession.
The little light bulb shows the priest is available for confession. Also, the priest indicates how long he will be available, and he can leave a message.
The app also shows the Manner of Making a Confession (the “how to” for going to Confession). Also includes the Act of Contrition.
There is a page for making an examination of conscience. When you tap the sin, it lights up, to remind you when you go to Confession.
A google map shows all priests who are using this app. Also, the faithful have the ability to make their priest their “default priest” on this app.
Priests may contact Fr. Heilman to become a “My Confessor App” priest, allowing the faithful to know when he is available for Confession.
I believe we are living in times when secularism – inside and outside the Church – has taken a devastating toll on our people and the world. Suffice it to say that spiritual warfare will always be with us, and evil seems to be running unabated in our times. Why? Because the vast majority of us are, what I call, “Naked on the battlefield.” No Grace! So, no spiritual armor and no spiritual weapons to stand against the power of evil. Unless there is some worldwide effort to reconnect to the Divine Life of God – a brand new awakening in the power of supernatural grace – we are totally defenseless to this onslaught! So, if someone’s armor is diminished by a collection of venial sins, or lost completely by mortal sin, I want to provide an easy and accessible way to get them armed and ready for battle again. Also, I pray doing something like this app has the effect of stressing the importance of this Sacrament of Mercy. Many speak of the phenomenon of Confession offered for 30 minutes, once a week, as actually making a statement as to its importance. I know many of my brother priests will say that this is all the time that is necessary, since few go to Confession anymore. But, I have also heard countless stories of parishes where, once more Confession times were offered, many began to understand the importance of Confession, and started going again. Finally, I did this for simply logistical reasons. I think when people read in their bulletin that Confessions are available by appointment, many feel uncomfortable “bothering” the “busy” priest, and so very few, if any, call for an appointment. I am hopeful this will make the Sacrament accessible to many more people. In Christ’s Love, Fr. Richard Heilman