Looking to confess my sins, cry a little, and then feel better.
November 15, 2018 4:27 AM   Subscribe

I really want to make confession but don't have a regular church anymore. Where can I drop in and not feel uncomfortable? In NYC.

I'm working my way out of a toxic relationship. After four years of feeling terrible about myself and about the things he made me do, I finally see a way to feel good and honest and clean again. But I really, really want to make confession. The problem is, I haven't been to church in a long time, other than the obligatory palm Sunday, ash Wednesday, etc. So I dont have a feeling of closeness to any church right now. Further complicating things is that, in the church I do occasionally go to in my neighborhood, the priests are not fluent in my native language (English), so it might be difficult/awkward for us to communicate during confession.

So what I'm looking for is a Catholic church in northern Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan where I can basically just walk up and make confession and not feel totally crazy or out of place. I know you could say, "well just walk into any church", but I"m looking for a personal recommendation, where you felt comfortable and welcomed and safe. I dont want to just stumble into some giant, cold, crowded building, and feel even worse about myself.

Yes I"m already in therapy and working on myself. But I feel I need to do this too. Thank you for your help.
posted by anonymous to Religion & Philosophy (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This church is not lower Manhattan (w 31st) but it seems to have exactly the welcoming setup you're looking for.
posted by xo at 5:35 AM on November 15, 2018 [2 favorites]

Looks like this would fit the bill: http://www.stfrancisnyc.org/penance/
posted by blue suede stockings at 5:35 AM on November 15, 2018 [1 favorite]

Nthing St. Francis!
posted by jgirl at 5:50 AM on November 15, 2018 [1 favorite]

Yes, St. Francis. It’s one of the most welcoming and nonjudgmental Catholic churches I’d been to.

(It takes an incredible amount of fortitude to leave a toxic relationship. I hope you find the peace and comfort you seek.)
posted by theappleonatree at 7:08 AM on November 15, 2018 [9 favorites]

I don't live in your area, so no recommendations. I just came in to say how moved I was by your post. You are strong, brave, and inspiring - even though you may not always feel it. Peace and love to you.
posted by WaspEnterprises at 10:24 AM on November 15, 2018 [7 favorites]

Not sure if Park Slope is too far, but I can vouch for doing a one-time drop-in confession at St. Augustine on 6th Ave. It wasn't welcoming rah-rah, but rather welcoming in the sense that no one looked at us askance or anything, and we were considered just part of the normal church environment.
posted by Charity Garfein at 4:03 PM on November 17, 2018

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