So all the problems solved, we got around to the appointment for confession. My friend introduced the issue by saying, "Father, we have to set a time for a beer and the Sacrament."
Of course I about spit out my teeth, laughing (and I don't wear dentures)! Beer and the Sacrament is like having Doritos with Shrimp Cocktail and Campaign. You could do it, but... Yuck!
But maybe I could start offering ice cream sundaes, gourmet coffee or Belgium chocolates with confession. I have had a wonderful evening with a friend or some parishioners over a glass of ice tea lead to a request to go to confession. It is like icing on the cake. Mint in the tea. Baileys in the coffee. ETC.
I wonder if it would increase the numbers of genuine penitents. Would it put people at ease, or would they just come for the goodies? Until I figure that all out, I will continue to preach about the Sacrament of Confession. I will continue to make myself available to anyone at any time they are ready to confess. I will pray that God will move people to repentance. And I will pray that God gives me the grace to be a good and holy Confessor.
Oh, and by the way, I will continue to go to confession regularly because God Knows I need His mercy and forgiveness.