When does a Catholic have to go to Confession?

I know Catholics are supposed to go to Confession once a year during the Easter Season, but I’m confused about when that actually starts and ends.


What is called the Easter duty is the requirement to receive Holy Communion during the Easter season which ends on Pentecost Sunday. For most of us sinners, this means going to Confession first.

Ordinarily, one should run–not walk, to Confession if one has committed a mortal sin. But it is a good habit to go to Confession once a month–even if one hasn’t any mortal sins to confess. The grace the one receives from the sacrament helps us to keep free of sin.

Further, it is a sadness that we have to be required to receive the Lord in the Eucharist. There is no greater honor on earth!

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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