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Cody Hathcoat wrote:

Hi, guys —

. . . and peace be with you.

I have been a Catholic since I've been 3-months-old and I can safely say it is one of the best things to ever happen to me.

I love this faith and God Himself so much, and because I have this love, I want to make sure I am not intentionally offending our Lord and Savior.

My parents are divorced and I was going to my father's this weekend. He made plans with my family to see them on Sunday but the family got sick so we couldn't go to see them. I was told they were sick, right when Mass was beginning at my local parish and, from my dad's place, I couldn't make it in time so I ended up missing my weekly obligation.

  • Under these circumstances, did I commit a sin?

I don't want to offend God.

  • Do I need to confess my sins before I receive Holy Communion?

Thank you so much for your time and God bless everyone!


  { If I unintentionally missed Mass, do I need to go to Confession before receiving Holy Communion? }

Bob replied:


If you did not intentionally miss your Sunday obligation, but it happened from accidental or uncontrollable circumstances, then it is not a mortal sin, but a venial sin.

You would still be able to receive Holy Communion, but bring this issue up in your next Confession anyway.


Bob Kirby

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