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(My curiosity is going to cost me my reputation again. Anyway, here it goes...)

In Catholicism, how important is attending the mass, going to Confession and other liturgical rituals?

Do these activities have anything to do with getting to Heaven or Salvation?

Why do they have to participate in these activities?

Are they doing these things because

  1. They are saved?
  2. They want to be saved and they want go to Heaven?
  3. They are pious?
  4. They want to preserve the tradition?
  5. They do it because others are doing it?
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And if you ask me what my denomination believes, my pastor say that we are not born again at all if we have no desire to attend the church. Which means you are not saved and you don't go to heaven. – Mawia Feb 22 '14 at 18:04
I wish I could reply right now, but first I have to go to confession and mass. – LoveTheFaith Feb 22 '14 at 19:31
@JayarathinaMadharasan I thought you might have a contribution to this question or the answers. – FMS Aug 3 '14 at 8:04

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For starters, the Sacraments are a tremendous fountain of Grace, and an avenue to grow closer to God. For example, from the Gospel of John:

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. . . . Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and . . . remains in me and I in him

We can also find similar Scriptural references for Confession.

So, based on Christ's words, why would one NOT want to take part in the Eucharist or Confession?

The second point is that the Church binds these things on the faithful for their own good. Why wouldn't the Church encourage it's members to receive God's grace and to grow in their faith?

It simply isn't doing rituals to preserve traditions or because others are doing it. These things help us to become saved.

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Proceeding as follows:

First Part :What a sacrifice is > Holy Mass > Why Holy Mass if offered and therefore why Catholics attend it; cf. PENNY CATECHISM, 275-279

Second Part: Sacraments > The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

First Part:


275. What is a sacrifice?
A sacrifice is the offering of a victim by a priest to God alone, in testimony of his being the Sovereign Lord of all things.

276. What is the Sacrifice of the New Law?
The Sacrifice of the New Law is the Holy Mass.

Holy Mass

277. What is the Holy Mass?
The Holy Mass is the Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, really present on the altar under the appearances of bread and wine, and offered to God for the living and the dead.

278. Is the Holy Mass one and the same Sacrifice with that of the Cross?
The Holy Mass is one and the same Sacrifice with that of the Cross, inasmuch as Christ, who offered himself, a bleeding victim, on the Cross to his heavenly Father, continues to offer himself in an unbloody manner on the altar, through the ministry of his priests.

Why Holy Mass and that's why Catholics attend Mass

279. For what ends is the Sacrifice of the Mass offered? The Sacrifice of the Mass is offered for four ends: first, to give supreme honor and glory to God; secondly, to thank him for all his benefits; thirdly, to satisfy God for our sins and to obtain the grace of repentance; and fourthly, to obtain all other graces and blessings through Jesus Christ.

Second Part:

249. What is a Sacrament? cf. PENNY CATECHISM, 249
A Sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace, ordained by Jesus Christ, by which grace is given to our souls.


281. What is the Sacrament of Penance (or Reconciliation)? cf. PENNY CATECHISM, 281
Penance (Reconciliation) is a Sacrament whereby the sins, whether mortal or venial, which we have committed after Baptism are forgiven.


A Catholic will give glory to God and benefit from Holy Mass and confession, if they do the 'why' of Holy Mass and confession as above.

On the webpage that opens after clicking the last link, scroll down to Q.286 that states the conditions for the penitent to meet for their sins to be forgiven.

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