Am I absolved from my sins even if I have not YET done my penance?

I think I know the answer, but I just wanted to make sure.

I’m an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. I have a few mortal sins that I need to confess but I will have no opportunity to get to confession before my assigned Mass this Sunday. I plan on getting to church a little early and having a quick confession right before Mass.

If I don’t have an opportunity to perform my penance until after the Mass am I still in a state of grace for the Mass? I don’t want to receive Communion or help distribute if I am not in a state of grace.

Thanks and God Bless!

Dear Rich,

No probolem! Once you are absolved, you are in the state of grace whether you do your penance or not.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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