First Penance & First Communion

GUIDELINES

First Penance Preparation is a parish program in which parish and school staff collaborate under the direction of the Pastor.

Only children who have been baptized can be permitted to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Parents are responsible for providing proof of the child's Baptism to establish the child's eligibility, especially if that child was not baptized at Holy Trinity.

At least one of the parents of the child must be Catholic and intend to raise the child in the Catholic Faith.  

At least one year of formal catechesis must have been completed by the child prior to beginning sacrament preparation.

Every child, whether enrolled in a Catholic school or participating in a parish catechetical program, upon coming to the age of reason should be catechized for the Sacrament of Penance.

Under ordinary circumstances, reception of the Sacrament of Penance is to precede reception of First Eucharist. However, exceptions to the ordinary practice should be made according to pastoral needs (cf. Canon 914).

Parents are to be involved in the preparation of their child for this sacrament (cf. Canon 914).

A child is ready to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation when the child: has a sense of relationship between purposeful right and wrong, i.e., good choices and bad choices; is able to describe wrongdoing in his/her own words: knowing it is wrong and choosing to do it anyway; and is able to and desires to express sorrow for bad choices and wrongdoing.

The decision regarding the child’s readiness to celebrate this sacrament rests primarily with the parents and the catechist in consultation with the confessor and catechetical leader.

FIRST PENANCE

Our 2nd Graders preparing for their First Communion will begin the year with preparation for their First Penance. The dates for First Reconciliation are noted on the PSR calendar. Students will be assigned to one of these dates and times.

Here at Holy Trinity we are committed to making a concerted effort to assist parents of children who will be receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time.

We recognize that parents are the first educators of their children. To this end both the school and the PSR stand ready to help enhance that preparation. 

FIRST COMMUNION

The date of First Communion will be Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the 10 a.m., Noon, and 2 p.m. Mass. All three Masses will include both day school, PSR and Family Based Catechesis students together. Parents will receive a Mass Option form so they can choose which Mass they prefer. 

Practices for First Communion will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5 PM (10 AM Group), 6 PM (12 PM Group), and 7 PM (2 PM Group).

On the day of First Communion, children are to report to the South Hallway of the School no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of their Mass. In the event that rain is expected, parents will be directed to take them directly to their assigned seats in the church.

Confirmation

GUIDELINES

AGE OF RECEPTION

In the Diocese of Cleveland, children baptized as infants will be prepared for the reception of Confirmation at the earliest in the eighth grade and at the latest in eleventh grade. 

READINESS FOR THE SACRAMENT

At least one year of formal catechesis must have been completed by the child prior to beginning sacrament preparation.

Canon 989, '2 states the candidates for confirmandi must have the use of reason, be suitably instructed, properly disposed, and be able to renew their baptismal promises.  

They should be practicing the faith as evidenced by weekly Mass attendance and complete the program of preparation.

They must have a desire to receive the Sacrament, no child can be forced or coerced.

The decision regarding the child’s readiness to celebrate this sacrament rests primarily with the parents and the catechist in consultation with the confessor and catechetical leader (cf. Canon 914). 

The final decision regarding any child's readiness for a Sacrament is the sole responsibility of the Pastor.

A child's reception of Confirmation can be delayed if the child is not ready.

SPONSORS

The role of Sponsors is distinct from that of parents, and parents may not act as Sponsors for Confirmation. Sponsors chosen must:

  • have received Confirmation themselves, as well as First Communion.
  • be 16 years of age or older.
  • be a practicing Catholic in good standing in the Church,
  • be living in harmony with the faith,
  • obtain a Sponsor Certificate from the parish where they are registered and attend Mass on Sundays.

EASTERN CATHOLICS

A child who was baptized in an Eastern Rite Catholic Church, whose father is an Eastern Rite Catholic, and who received the Holy Mysteries of Chrismation and Holy Communion at the time of Baptism, may attend the Confirmation celebration. However, with respect to the ancient traditions and liturgical practices of the Eastern Churches, it is not permitted for the child to be presented to the Bishop to receive Confirmation again. 

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturday, March 5, 2015, with the Most Reverend Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland. The bishop will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation to our 8th Graders who successfully complete the preparation program. Candidates will be assigned to one of two Masses to be held at 10 AM and 1 PM.

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