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


#1

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!


#2

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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