Friends, as I have written in the “Religion” field of my profile, I am hoping to be Catholic by the end of the year.
I have just come back from the meeting with the local priest, and we’re good to go All I need now is to officially leave the Lutheran church in Germany and bring my Baptism certificate so he can request permission from the Archdiocese to receive me into Holy Church.
Father said that I would receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, recite the Creed and affirm belief in and acceptance of all Catholic teaching and then receive First Communion (which is odd to write at my age! ). I asked Father about Confession, ore specifically that I supposed I would have to go to my first Confession before receiving the Eucharist. He said that is not necessary, but I could if I wanted. I find that rather awkward, since I was fairly sure that Confession was necessary before becoming Catholic and receiving Communion.
In any event, I will ask Father for Confession before I receive Communion, because – God knows – there’s a lot of mortal sin on my soul.
Is it necessary to go to Confession before being received into the Church?