Q. If I miss Mass for no good reason, may I receive Communion when I do go, even if I didn’t get to confession?
A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope:
No, you ought first go to confession. The catechism, in conformity with ancient teaching about the necessity of attending Mass says, “Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit grave sin” (No. 2181). Hence you ought to go to confession first. There are some reasons that one might miss Mass that are legitimate, such as serious illness, the care of the sick or a lack of capacity due to weather or distance. But one should consult with his or her pastor or confessor and seek solutions.