This is my first post here at CA and I am hoping to get a clear answer. I did search previous posts on this same topic before posting, so please forgive me if you’re tired of yet another confession question I didn’t find the answer I was looking for. What I mean to say is I did not find my particular question answered.
Here is my dilemma: I am already baptized and have just begun RCIA to come into full communion with the Catholic Church next Easter. I have a great need to confess mortal sins but will not be allowed to make my first confession until next Easter. And I am terrified of dying in a state or mortal sin between now and then!
What hope is there for those of us in this situation? I know the CCC is clear that persons dying in a state of mortal sin go to hell.
Is this normal? That Candidates in RCIA are not allowed to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation until the Easter Vigil? I am terrified of my sins and want nothing more than to confess them and receive forgiveness. Do i really have to wait? And then what happens if I die before Easter?!
I did speak with my Pastor who encouraged me not to worry about my past mistakes, look forward to a new life in Christ, and take it day by day. He said I would be required to wait until Easter for my first confession.