Submitted to the Herald Review

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Spring cleaning isn't everyone's favorite chore but it's something many people do to keep their homes neat and organized. In a similar way, Lent is a time for a spiritual spring cleaning.
The 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday provide an extended period of time for people to reflect upon their relationship with God. No one is perfect, hence the reason to ‘spring clean.’ Thankfully the Lord is always there to welcome people back and He promises to be with everyone through life’s trials.

All are welcome to seek the Lord’s forgiveness during a special event happening throughout the Diocese of Grand Rapids. On Thursday, March 15, almost every church in the diocese will be open for confession from 5 to 8 p.m.

Participating churches in this area include:

Osceola County

• St. Philip Neri, Reed City

Mecosta County

• St. Mary, Big Rapids (6 to 9 p.m.)

• St. Michael the Archangel, Remus

• St. Paul Chapel, Big Rapids

Lake County

• St. Ann-St. Ignatius, Baldwin (5 to 6 p.m. at St. Ignatius and 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Ann)

• St. Bernard, Irons

For a full list of participating parishes and more information, visit dioceseofgrandrapids.org/penance.