Hi, guys —
- Am I wrong in receiving the Eucharist
without first going to Confession?
- Also if it is wrong, why do so many Parishioners
do this?, and
- How often should a person go to Confession?
Should I receive the Eucharist without
going to Confession and, if its wrong, why do so many do it? }
Hi, Tom —
You need only go to Confession
if you are conscious of a mortal
I concur with Eric on your first
To answer your second question, many
parishioners today are unaware of
what mortal sin is because of our
culture's loss of the sense of sin
and their own abysmal religious education.
Hence, many don't realize they shouldn't
be going up to receive Holy Communion
until they go to Confession. They
need to be properly educated about
this to appreciate the sacrilege
of their actions.
On your third question, the Church
has a minimum requirement of sacramental
Confession of once a year, but going
to Confession as soon as possible
after a mortal sin is committed would
Many people who take Confession
seriously go every two to four weeks.
I've heard through the grapevine
the last pope went to Confession
every week and he may be declared
a saint before too long.
You need not go to Confession every
time you receive Communion, but in
the case of serious sin you do. If
you have committed sin that is serious,
conscious, and unrepented, then you
should absolutely abstain from receiving
the Eucharist. Venial sins (the everyday
stuff we do because of our fallen
nature) should not hold you back.
In these cases, the Eucharist brings
the grace needed to overcome these
Most people are poorly catechized
on the proper reception of the Eucharist, they don't understand Confession,
and aren't leading very reflective
lives. If you are a conscientious
Christian, you take it seriously
and learn the facts. Since you have
done that, you can be a witness to
Monthly confession is good (or even
more frequent, if you are trying
to overcome some struggle.)
Hi, Tom —
If you are conscientious of serious
sin, (e.g. sins of the flesh), Yes,
you do have to go to Confession first.
There should be a priest at your
parish every Saturday afternoon.
Because our culture is so sex-saturated,
this can be a very tough problem
to overcome. There was another questioner
who struggled a lot in this specific
area and her concern was that she
didn't think she was able to make
a firm purpose of amendment against
I told her to ask the priest in the Confessional for the grace to make
a better firm purpose of amendment
against any difficult sins.
On the frequency of Confession:
In my opinion, it depends on the
nature of the sins you are struggling
with and the responsibility you have
been given. The higher you are in
any earthly organization, the more
the devil will strive to bring you
down. He would rather bring down
an admiral, caption, or president,
rather than a private or some one
just out of boot camp. For short,
the more responsibility your position
has, the more you should strongly
consider going to Confession on a
I vaguely remember the bishops recommending
monthly Confession for Catholic families.
Hope this helps,