Sacramental Preparation for the Sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist
“The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian Life” CCC 1324
The Code of Canon Law states that children reaching the age of reason (age 7 or above) can and shall be prepared for the reception of First Eucharist.
Canon 914 implies that the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament of Penance is done before the reception of First Eucharist.
Parental involvement in the catechesis of these two sacraments is essential to the on-going formation of the child. Because of this, it is necessary that the parent/guardian of those preparing for the sacrament of Penance and First Eucharist participate in the Intergenerational sessions held monthly beginning in September.
Any child preparing for these sacraments must be baptized and if baptized in a parish other than St. Margaret Mary, must submit a baptismal certificate when registering for the sacramental preparation sessions.
For further information concerning these sacraments, contact Joan Duncan at email@example.com or 724-335-2336.
“The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason, the family is rightly called ‘the domestic church’ a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 1666