Before preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, children must first have a foundational understanding of who God is and what He asks of His Church. Therefore, children preparing for First Penance are to complete one full year of religious education (CCE, Catholic School or Home-school) just prior to entering Sacramental Preparation.
What is preparation for Penance like at the Co-Cathedral?
- Baptized children in the 2nd—4th grade who have completed one year of CCE classes (or Catholic School/Homeschool) will prepare for the sacrament of Penance in combination with their weekly CCE curriculum.
- Baptized children in the 5th—12th grades who have completed one year of CCE classes will prepare for First Penance at home with their parents. Parents will be given all the necessary resources and support.
- In addition to weekly classes, there will be one required retreat immediately prior to the celebration of Reconciliation. Children and parents will also have an opportunity to tour the confessionals in the church.
Basic Program Overview:
Details discussed at the Parent Orientation in October.
- Sacramental Preparation Classes
- Parent Meetings
- A Required Retreat
- Tour of the Confessionals
Why are there several names for the same sacrament?
The Sacrament of Penance is also often referred to as Reconciliation or Confession. Each of these names refer to a different aspect of the Sacrament in which we CONFESS our sins and do PENANCE as a sign of our new RECONCILIATION with God and the Church. The baptized faithful are invited to celebrate this Sacrament of Healing beginning at the age of seven because the Church has deemed this as the "age of discretion" when a person can now understand right from wrong and therefore recognize their need for reconciliation and forgiveness.
Catholic School and Home schooling parents should speak directly with the Director of Religious Education before September 1, 2015 to discuss preparation for their child.