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Arvic wrote:

Hi, guys —

I would like to ask two questions:

  1. When the penance given at Confession is to span about ten (10) days, is the penitent allowed to take part in Holy Communion before the end of the penitential act?

  2. What if the penitent forgets to do the act for a day or two?
    • What would this mean?, and
    • How should he address it?

Arvic

  { If someone hasn't finished their penance, can they still go to Communion and what if they forget? }

Bob replied:

Arvic,

The Confession would only be invalid if he never intended to fully repent or do penance. Forgetting the penance doesn't invalidate the Confession.

Just catch it up when you can. And yes, you can receive Holy Communion.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Arvic replied:

Thanks Bob!

Arvic

Bob replied:

Arvic,

I don't think so, the Catechism doesn't explain every circumstance; you can draw the conclusion based on the essential elements of a valid Sacrament:

  1. the form
  2. the matter, and
  3. the intent.

Peace,

Bob

Arvic replied:


Got it!

Thanks again

Arvic

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