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|Wed, 02-18-2009 - 6:21pm|
My second grader Justin will be making his First Reconciliation on Saturday morning. He is preparing to make his First Holy Communion in May. We are not having a celebration for his First Reconciliation, but we will go out to brunch as a family afterwards in recognition of what a big deal it is.
The way our parish does it is a bit different, and I'm wondering if this is how it's now done with all second graders: There are 5 priests sitting at various points in the church, and the kids line up and go forward one-by-one and whisper their sins to them from a short list, recieve absolution and a penance. None of this dark, screened confessional stuff that my husband grew up with! It kind of reminds me of when I was Orthodox. Every Sunday before receiving Holy Communion, you quickly confess your sins to the priest under a garment, to "cleanse you and make you worthy" to recieve Eucharist.
We are giving Justin a book of Catholic daily prayers for kids on Saturday. Do all of you give gifts for First Reconciliation?