I wanted to go to confession Friday. The nearest Catholic church had a scheduled confession for after the 7pm Mass, which is backward. Confession should be before and/or during Mass.
I arrived at an emptied, locked, and darkened church. There was a light in the rectory. I rang the doorbell, and no one answered.
Today, the 45-minute drive to St. Stephen the First Martyr advanced me to confession before the 12pm Mass.
At St. Stephen, confession is scheduled three times a day, overriding any natural or man-made catastrophes, and begins on time, to the minute.