Catholic FAQ


Latest Threads
newest posts



Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Catholic Living > Evangelization
 

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search Thread Display
  #1  
Old Mar 16, '08, 7:23 pm
texaspanda texaspanda is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: October 7, 2007
Posts: 189
Religion: Catholic
Send a message via Yahoo to texaspanda
Default Required confession before baptism

From everything I have read it is clear that it isn't required to go to confession before being baptized upon the completion of RCIA. However, our priest is requiring that all in the class go to confession including all catechumen. They are distributing tickets to be turned in by one of the 13 priests tomorrow night at our parish confirming that you did in fact go to confession during Holy Week.
He said let the priest know that you are not baptized.
What do I do?
Do I still go the process of an actual confession but without absolution?
Has anyone else had to do this?
Thank goodness I just found on another search and article "how to go to confession" from iqb. I wasn't even clear what the process was.
__________________
"When it comes to raising children the days are long, but the years are short."
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old Mar 16, '08, 7:45 pm
YADA YADA is offline
Forum Supporter
 
Join Date: October 21, 2004
Posts: 3,693
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Required confession before baptism

Are you sure the priest said this is a requirement for the catechumen?

Perhaps your priest graduated in the bottom 10% of his class because this is just wrong.......

Even the follow-up with the papers is counter to what our parish priest states ..... The confessional is such that a priest cannot even ask another priest if you made a confession or not ..... the confessional seal and all ...

We tell our catechumens that they are welcome to attend the parish reconcilliation service to observe the liturgy and use it as a tool of discernment [in preparation for the renunciation sins and baptism] but they are not to go to confession .......

If you do go [tell the priest you are going to be baptized] and use it as a discernment session only ....

Welcome home Enjo the vigil and if you can plase attend the Triduum [Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Vigil]
__________________
Living the Journey,

YADA
Respect Christ - Vote Life
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old Mar 16, '08, 8:29 pm
Br. Rich SFO Br. Rich SFO is offline
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: June 3, 2004
Posts: 11,454
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Required confession before baptism

Quote:
Originally Posted by texaspanda View Post
From everything I have read it is clear that it isn't required to go to confession before being baptized upon the completion of RCIA. However, our priest is requiring that all in the class go to confession including all catechumen. They are distributing tickets to be turned in by one of the 13 priests tomorrow night at our parish confirming that you did in fact go to confession during Holy Week.
He said let the priest know that you are not baptized.
What do I do?
Do I still go the process of an actual confession but without absolution?
Has anyone else had to do this?
Thank goodness I just found on another search and article "how to go to confession" from iqb. I wasn't even clear what the process was.
I think it would be a good exercise to follow he Examination of conscience, You will not need to go throught the motions of a "fake" Sacrament. Just get in line, go to the priest, hand him the ticket and tell him that you are unable to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation because you are not Baptized but that you appriciate him being there. I fhe were to press you to tell him your sins. Simply say confession of sins is a part of the Sacrament and I can't receive the Sacrament, thank you again for being here, good night.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old Mar 16, '08, 8:59 pm
texaspanda texaspanda is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: October 7, 2007
Posts: 189
Religion: Catholic
Send a message via Yahoo to texaspanda
Default Re: Required confession before baptism

Quote:
Originally Posted by YADA View Post
Are you sure the priest said this is a requirement for the catechumen?
Yes, quite certain we have had two rehearsals and have been reminded of the requirement numerous times over the past 4 weeks.
Quote:
Even the follow-up with the papers is counter to what our parish priest states ..... The confessional is such that a priest cannot even ask another priest if you made a confession or not ..... the confessional seal and all ...
I have been told that the follow up is not an uncommon practice in the NE Dunno.
Quote:
If you do go [tell the priest you are going to be baptized] and use it as a discernment session only ....
Maybe chat about my spirtual journey over my RCIA process
Quote:
Welcome home Enjo the vigil and if you can plase attend the Triduum [Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Vigil]
Thank you!! We will be attending Mass every day this week. I just feel the need. Something in me says go, so we are all going.
__________________
"When it comes to raising children the days are long, but the years are short."
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old Mar 16, '08, 9:06 pm
ASimpleSinner ASimpleSinner is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: March 5, 2007
Posts: 3,092
Religion: Byzantine Catholic
Default Re: Required confession before baptism

Quote:
Originally Posted by Br. Rich SFO View Post
I think it would be a good exercise to follow he Examination of conscience, You will not need to go throught the motions of a "fake" Sacrament. Just get in line, go to the priest, hand him the ticket and tell him that you are unable to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation because you are not Baptized but that you appriciate him being there. I fhe were to press you to tell him your sins. Simply say confession of sins is a part of the Sacrament and I can't receive the Sacrament, thank you again for being here, good night.
Here, here!

I have heard of this oddity before, I am sorry to say. But it was a few decades back.

Any sort of record-keeping for the sacrament of confession is rather verbotten. Even though parents seem to love to have little certificates made for "first confession" it really isn't supposed to be handled in that fashion... So the whole ticket thing throws me for a loop.

Brother's advice is good... hand in your ticket, ask for a blessing, wish him good night. Don't be cowed or brow beaten into going through the motions of confession - there is PLENTY of time for that after baptism.
__________________
- ASimpleSinner
يا رب يسوع المسيح ابن اللّه الحيّ إرحمني أنا الخاطئ
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old Mar 17, '08, 3:39 am
kettle kettle is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: June 21, 2007
Posts: 297
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Required confession before baptism

The Catechumens in my RCIA class simply met with Father Richard individually while the rest of us had our first confessions. They went through the examination of conscience with all of us, though, which I thought was important even though they weren't going through reconcilliation.

I'm very happy for you!
__________________


Tiber Swim Team - 2008
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old Mar 17, '08, 9:38 pm
texaspanda texaspanda is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: October 7, 2007
Posts: 189
Religion: Catholic
Send a message via Yahoo to texaspanda
Default Re: Required confession before baptism

Ok so we went...
The church was full. I was surprised. The little service started at 7. We waited for three hours to see a priest. We were the last few to go.
I didn't see my parish priest.
He was a happy pastor... very old. When I sat and told him I was not baptized yet and he just asked me a bunch of questions like, "How has your journey been?" "Tell me about your family." "How did your journey home start?" Stuff like that. He made me smile. He said that there should be more mom's like me who stay home with their kiddos and care for them... something very uncommon around here. So Congrats to all of you other SaHM's . After our little chat he blessed me. Overall it was a good experience.
__________________
"When it comes to raising children the days are long, but the years are short."
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old Mar 20, '08, 5:48 am
alanswife30 alanswife30 is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: February 12, 2008
Posts: 30
Religion: Catholic
Send a message via AIM to alanswife30
Default Re: Required confession before baptism

We were told last night at class that all of us that are unbaptized will have to go to confession Saturday after Easter Vigil practice. Our Priest wants us to know what it's like to go to confession. I don't quite understand why we have to go tell all of our sins that day when that night we will be baptized.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old Mar 20, '08, 6:10 am
puzzleannie puzzleannie is offline
Forum Elder
 
Join Date: September 7, 2004
Posts: 37,470
Religion: Catholic no adjectives
Default Re: Required confession before baptism

I Think pastors in both examples are trying earnestly, if a bit off base, to solve a common problem, which has been brought up on this forum before, that the newly baptized somehow miss catechesis on confession and examination of conscience, and are never brought to their first confession.

I am quite sure in the case of the first priest is intent was to help the catechumens as they were guided through the examination of conscience in the penance service to learn that essential spiritual tool, and that the priest hearing confession know quite well what to say to a catechumen before baptism. the intent was to ease their nervousness about the sacrament by a walk-through, and will good intent it did lead to confusion as OP relates.

the record keeping is explicitly forbidden by law in this diocese for this sacrament, simply because having cards or certificates has been abused in the past.
__________________
Whatever the Lord pleases He does, on heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps. Ps. 135
Reply With Quote
Reply

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Catholic Living > Evangelization

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search
Display

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Weird Question RE: Confession JKirkLVNV Liturgy and Sacraments 29 Jan 15, '08 6:29 am
If I accept water Baptism is required for Salvation... malachi_a_serva Apologetics 11 Jan 18, '07 3:55 pm



Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
8479Meet and talk,talk talk
Last by: Weejee
5153CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: Vim71
4429Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: daughterstm
4037OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: eschator83
3864SOLITUDE
Last by: Prairie Rose
3762Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: daughterstm
3332Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: Amiciel
3288Poems and Reflections
Last by: tonyg
3225Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: 4elise
3116For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: Weejee



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:17 pm.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.