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Old Aug 26, '10, 1:40 pm
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Default Missed Mass, may I take communion?

I should know the answer but I'm a little fuzzy after having been away from the Church for a long time. My job requires me to work on Saturday and Sunday, about 12 hours each day. Due to a need for more sleep last Sunday I overslept and missed Mass before going to work. It's difficult to get to confession due to my schedule. Question is, may I receive Communion, or must I get to Confession first? I need the graces I feel after Communion and will get to Confession as soon as I can manage it, but don't want to do anything wrong.

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Old Aug 26, '10, 2:55 pm
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I believe that if you are truly sorry, and plan to go to confession as soon as possible, whenever that may be, it is permitted under church law. Right?
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Old Aug 26, '10, 3:00 pm
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If you overslept then you did not give full consent to missing mass.

Thus; it was not a mortal sin.

However - only you know if you truly did or didn't give consent. If you did honestly intent to get up and Go to mass; then you are free from mortal sin; however if you knew that you would miss mass and did nothing to stop it; you would be consenting.

Only you know -- furthermore; if you need it you can arrange an out of hours confession with your Priest; or indeed visit a different parish to confess there if it is more convenient time-wise.
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If you missed Mass through no fault of your own, it's not a grave matter.
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If you missed Mass through no fault of your own, it's not a grave matter.
Yes, especially if you made an effort to make it to, say, the last Mass of the day and got there during the Consecration.

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But you mentioned you've been away from the Church for a while, so wait until you make a confession before receiving the Eucharist.
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Great answers already. The only additional point I would make is that this question aside, you should have access to confession. Perhaps another near by parish has more convenient times. If not, you could make appointments with your priest.
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In such cases, it would be prudent to avoid communion until you discuss this with your Priest. He needs to hear the entirety of the circumstances before he decides if you are culpable, and if so, to what extent. As to the Sacrament of reconciliation, we often forget that it is administered "Saturday, 3:30-4:30 PM or by appointment"
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Old Aug 26, '10, 8:33 pm
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This is alright. I know I have done it before, but I always had the same question. I am glad I read everyone's comments. I always turn to this site for guidance in regards to any questions I have toward my Catholic faith. Catholic Reference Guide
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I believe that if you are truly sorry, and plan to go to confession as soon as possible, whenever that may be, it is permitted under church law. Right?
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Thanks for the answers. To clarify one point, after being away from the Church, I did go to confession last month, so I've been OK with Communion up to this past Sunday. I'll go to Mass this Sunday and skip communion, and if I can't find a place to go to confession during the week, I'll make an appointment to see a priest. Thanks again. It's wonderful to be back and I don't want to miss out on the eucharist if at all possible,
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Thanks for the answers. To clarify one point, after being away from the Church, I did go to confession last month, so I've been OK with Communion up to this past Sunday. I'll go to Mass this Sunday and skip communion, and if I can't find a place to go to confession during the week, I'll make an appointment to see a priest. Thanks again. It's wonderful to be back and I don't want to miss out on the eucharist if at all possible,
If you miss Mass through no fault of your own then it is not a sin.
Some priests are nice enough that you can approach them after Mass and they'll make time for a confession. Some would even do this before Mass, depending on the situation and if its like maybe half an hour before Mass, not when the priest is walking down for the procession.
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Thanks for the answers. To clarify one point, after being away from the Church, I did go to confession last month, so I've been OK with Communion up to this past Sunday. I'll go to Mass this Sunday and skip communion, and if I can't find a place to go to confession during the week, I'll make an appointment to see a priest. Thanks again. It's wonderful to be back and I don't want to miss out on the eucharist if at all possible,
Welcome back! I think your plan is sound. Christ's peace be with you.
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