First Penance and First Communion


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First Penance and First Communion

  1. 1. St. Edward Catholic Church First Penance First Communion
  2. 2. Penance or Reconciliation • • • • • • Sacrament of Healing 4 steps Contrition Confession Absolution Satisfaction or completing our penance
  3. 3. Rite of Reconciliation • In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Bless me Father, for I have sinned. This is my first confession. These are my sins. (tell the priest your sins) • The priest will give you a Penance; this will usually be some prayers to say. • Act of Contrition • Absolution
  4. 4. Canon 914 It is primarily the duty of parents and those who take the place of parents, as well as the duty of pastors, to take care that children who have reached the use of reason are prepared properly and, after they have made sacramental confession, are refreshed with this divine food as soon as possible. It is for the pastor to exercise vigilance so that children who have not attained the use of reason or whom he judges are not sufficiently disposed do not approach holy communion.
  5. 5. First Holy Communion • Communion or Eucharist is a sacrament of Initiation. • In order to receive the sacrament, a person must be baptized, a Catholic, at least seven years old and free from mortal sin. • Before receiving your first communion, you must receive the sacrament of penance.
  6. 6. Catechism #1457 According to the Church's command, "after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year." Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion, even if he experiences deep contrition, without having first received sacramental absolution, unless he has a grave reason for receiving Communion and there is no possibility of going to confession. Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time.
  7. 7. What is Eucharist? • The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." CCC 1324 • The bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus. • Jesus is fully present, body, blood, soul and divinity. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) • Receiving Communion heals us and sustains us in our daily life.
  8. 8. How to Receive Holy Communion • • • • • • • Standing In the hand or on the tongue Slight bow as an act of reverence “The Body of Christ” Respond “Amen” Consume the host immediately Kneel in your pew until the tabernacle is closed
  9. 9. Dress for First Communion • Girls: dress, preferably white with sleeves; shoes or sandals. Veil is optional. No strapless or spaghetti strap dresses, no slides or flip-flops, no gloves, purses, rosaries, flowers, or books to carry. • Boys: Dress pants, shirt, tie, socks and shoes, jacket optional.
  10. 10. Important Dates • April 4: First Penance, 5:30 pm in the Church • April 12: Communion Retreat 9 am—noon; Family Luncheon at noon in the Parish Hall • April 17: Holy Thursday Mass and Procession, 7 pm in the Church • April 30: First Communion Rehearsal, 5 pm in the Church • May 4: First Communion Mass at Noon; meet in parish hall at 11:30 am