I am 16, and currently Greek Orthodox. I am going to attend RCIA in 2 years. Hopefully my parents will be understanding, because I want to come home so badly I feel bad asking these questions, but I don’t know the answer to them, so I ask you to please forgive me if they are the same ones you have seen 1,000+ times.
I do want to say that my Mom was raised Catholic, but she converted to G.O. along with my Dad, but I won’t go into detail. I was speaking to her last night about how I wanted to go to confession before I receive Communion, because I have not attended any type of service in the Greek Orthodox church in 6 years, nor have I received Communion in that period of time. I feel that it is important for me to do because I have been away for so long. She said that it wasn’t important for me to go to confession because I could confess my sins to God myself without a Priest being present and I would still be absolved. However, she said she wasn’t going to stop me from going to confession. She also told me that in the Catholic church, you are required to go to confession every week before Mass. That didn’t sound accurate to me, or to what I have read/studied. I know you must confess mortal sins before you receive Communion, but you don’t have to confess venial sins.
Is it a requirement to go to confession every week in the Catholic church? Whether it is or it isn’t won’t have any affect on me converting, so please be honest with me.
Do you think I should go to confession before re-entering the church/receiving Communion, or should I just confess my sins to God myself? I feel very uncomfortable with that because never, in all the years I have been G.O. have I ever read anything about being able to “absolve” yourself. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?
Thank you so much! I appreciate it