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When I go to Mass and receive Communion, what happens to my sins?

  • 25 July 2018
  • Author: Benedict
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When I go to Mass and receive Communion, what happens to my sins?

What does the Catechism of the Catholic Church say?

1.       The Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life.

2.       This living charity wipes away venial sins (#1394).”

In other words, our venial sin is forgiven. 

What about mortal/serious/grave sin?

The Catechism says that the Sacrament of the Eucharist is not ordered to the forgiveness of mortal sins.

Church law (Canon law #916) says the following about anyone who is conscious of grave sin.

1.       Such a person may not receive (Communion) without previously having been to sacramental confession, unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess. 

2.       In this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, which includes the resolve to go to confession as soon as possible.


At St. Benedict’s Chapel the Sacrament of Penance (Confession/Reconciliation is usually available before the 12:15 PM Mass and the 5:15 PM Mass.

Fr. Leo


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