Thanks everyone…I saw the first two responses as I headed out to Mass, which made me feel much better about going to Confession afterwards.
Yes, one of the things I confessed is being too concerned with what others think of me!
I do know that if you receive the Eucharist in an acceptable state then it takes away any venial sins, but I find that going to Confession helps me in being able to make strides in not committing those sins anymore. Prior to Mass, I think of my sins, but I don’t list them out and I don’t say them out loud. Doing that in Confession always helps me out. I could stay in the pews during Communion, but I don’t want to! I want to receive the Eucharist!
Also, I can use all the extra graces I can get–so Confession is always a good thing.
Thanks for your responses–very helpful! And pardon if any of the language above regarding Mass and Confession is incorrect–as a new Catholic I haven’t quite picked up all the vernacular yet.
And to the last person who responded–my parish doesn’t send the children out at any time during the Mass, but I have seen that a couple times in the past two years at other parishes and you’re right, it does seem that they should be there for the…“I confess…”…(can’t remember the title of that part of the Mass).