What happens if first reconciliation is never made


#1

What would happen to an RCIA member? If they failed to complete it, and it was unintentional that they didn’t go to confession?


#2

[quote="renee120776, post:1, topic:330836"]
What would happen to an RCIA member? If they failed to complete it, and it was unintentional that they didn't go to confession?

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The reason for going to confession before being received into the Church and receiving the Eucharist is to be absolved for the sins a person has committed since baptism. Someone who hasn't gone to confession would still be in a state of sin. Receiving communion in a state of serious or mortal sin is a serious sin in itself.

The person should go to confession at the earliest opportunity and explain to the priest what has happened. I'm sure it would be a huge relief to get all this straightened out.


#3

If the person is already baptized, then they should confess all mortal sins prior to receiving Communion for the first time or they commit objective sacrilige. If the person entering the Church has not been baptized then they are not to receive the sacrament of confession at all, since baptism will wash away all sin.


#4

If an RCIA candidate did not complete the sacrament of reconciliation prior to their reception into the Church, they should do so as soon as possible.

If the person was not baptized, baptism washed away all their sins and they should begin attending reconciliation now that they are baptized.


#5



So if they were baptized before first communion, their confirmation is not invalid?


#6

Baptism is the gateway sacrament. One cannot receive confession without first being baptized. One need not receive the sacrament of confession immedietly after baptism because baptism forgives sins. So if an unbaptized person joins the Church, he is first baptized, then receives communion and confirmation. This is valid. He would start going to confession sometime after the fact to be forgiven of any post-baptismal sin.


#7

[quote="renee120776, post:5, topic:330836"]




So if they were baptized before first communion, their confirmation is not invalid?

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If they were received into the Church as an already baptized person and received communion and confirmation without reconciliation, no those sacraments were not invalid. It is, however, necessary to go to reconciliation as soon as possible and confess all mortal sins and to refrain from the Eucharist until they have done so.

If they were received into the Church at Easter Vigil as an unbaptized person, they receive all three sacraments at that Mass. This is the proper way to receive the sacraments. Baptism washes away ALL sin, so they are in a state of grace to receive confirmation and eucharist. They should now begin going to reconciliation.


#8

Thank you guys who replied. I talked to my deacon and everything is okay!


#9

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