Please forgive me if I am in the wrong forum or if this question is inappropriate
I have knowingly and willingly committed sins that are of a degree that require confession; however, I have been unable to go to Reconciliation mainly out of fear of my family finding out or being suspicious of what I may have done. I have considered scheduling a private appointment with my priest, but I have yet to find any time in my schedule that would allow me to leave the house without being noticed by my family and comply with all the classes and work that I have.
Also, I have been unable to refrain from partaking in Communion. I am afraid my family would be suspicious and ask why I remain seated in the pew instead of taking the Eucharist. If my family finds out what I did, I not only fear that they may think less of me, but that my sins would cause scandal and discourage them from living their lives in a holy manner.
Given the situation that I described to you, would it be permissible for me to still partake in Communion even though I did not take Reconciliation beforehand? I do go to Reconciliation, but we do it as a family every few months. While I am asking this question, may I also ask what situations, if any, would allow a person to take Communion without Reconciliation.
I would greatly appreciate your answer.