I think the rumors of the death of the sacrament of reconciliation are greatly exaggerated. I've been hearing about experiences at other parishes (at least from my confreres around the Akron area) and the news is good! So good that I beg you to pray for and encourage vocations before things get too desperate!
Last week alone, at St. Sebastian, we had over ten hours of confession not including confessions for school, PSR, appointments, and helping at other parishes. And lines were long, constant, and we often went over. It led to this conversation with a parishioner: