ASK FATHER: Venial sins forgiven during Mass?

Posted November 9, 2017 5:30 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Venial sins forgiven during Mass?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for all of your efforts here, as it really brings strength to many of us during our sojourn.
A priest at our local university gave a homily a few days back wherein he spoke of the absolution given at the end of the penitential rite as being efficacious for the forgiveness of venial sins. I know that reception of the Eucharist will forgive venial sin, but I had never heard this before. Is this correct? Of course, the priest did say we needed sacramental confession for mortal sin.
Father is correct on both counts.  While mortal sins are

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