Welcome to St. Damien Sacramental Solutions

The “St. Damien Sacramental Solutions”  (henceforth to be referred to as “SDSS”) is a computer software designed to assist  the deaf, the speech-impaired,  and persons in isolation due to communicable illnesses,  to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance, by the use of a word processor or a computer.

Conformed to the directives of the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and discipline of the sacraments, the SDSS enables a priest who does not know any sign language,  to administer the sacrament of reconciliation and penance to deaf people   as well as  to the speech-impaired. It serves as an alternate to the already approved means of writing or the use of an approved interpreter, thus  respecting the anonymity of the penitent during the celebration of the sacrament.

The SDSS software includes two options. The first is called  “St. Damien Confession Box,” and  is  used by the hearing and speech-impaired. The second is called, “St. Damien Encounter Box, ” and is used by patients  who go to confession to a priest who is not wearing any protective equipment.

The former employs  the exchange of  written messages, while the latter,  an audio/visual encounter .  In both instances the penitent and the priest are physically present to each other. For validity  the priest verbally pronounces the words of absolution after confession whether he is heard or not.

The two dedicated computers used by the SDSS do not have any internet connection but are linked by a physical cable to ensure that messages exchanged do not travel anywhere else but only between the priest and penitent.  After confession the exchanged messages are completely deleted and are never saved in the computer hardware and in the software.

The SDSS is designed to be user-friendly and  easy to transport to hospitals and other places where the sick are confined.

It benefits all the participants in the sacrament of reconciliation and penance, namely, the penitents with hearing and speaking  disabilities as well as those in isolation,  and the priest who does not know any sign language or equipped with the required  protective gear.

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