I just started RCIA (first class was yesterday!) and have a question about confession and forgiveness of sins.
My background is Missouri-Synod Lutheranism and at our church we received communion every Sunday. During the service before communion the pastor would give us an opportunity to confess our sins to God and then the pastor would say we were forgiven. After this we would have communion.
My question is, was this confession valid? I felt that since I was seriously sorry for my sins and did confess them to God I was forgiven, but was I not? When I become Catholic will I need to “start over,” or were the sins that I confessed while a Lutheran already forgiven? Thank you for your help.