One of the rites of passage for any young Catholic is making his or her first confession in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Priests are so gentle in the confessional, and even more so for our first confession, but we desire our children to be prepared in how to go to confession, so they don’t go in with any unnecessary anxieties. That is why we talk about this and help prepare your children in our Catholic Faith Formation, as this is the next step towards your child’s first reception of Holy Communion later in the year.
The parish offers families the opportunity to bring their children to their first confession as the child is ready. Appointments are scheduled for the child to complete a review and knowledge of sacraments and prayers. Once the child is ready, he meets with the pastor for Confession.
In preparation, we also need to make sure our children are comfortable with three prayers: 1) the Act of Contrition, 2) the Our Father, and 3) the Hail Mary. He should know the 10 Commandments and an understanding of the Sacrament.
In preparing your son or daughter, you can talk about why you and your spouse go to confession, and the graces you have found in the sacrament. Our little ones generally have no significant personal sin generally to confess, but in starting as a young person, they begin their practice in the work of holiness, trusting the Church and to living in the mercy and grace of Christ through the sacraments. Regular confession for our children (and for adults) can keep us on the path of holiness and spiritual maturity, and assure that we don’t get stuck in vice and sin, so don’t be afraid to bring your whole family to confession together throughout the year.
For more information about Confession, click on our Confession Guide below or click on the link for the Examination of Conscience to help you prepare for your next Confession:
Examination of Conscience