Weekly participation in the Sunday liturgy, modeling the faith in your home, expressing a willingness to continue to grow in your own faith, children’s attendance at faith formation sessions, engaging in parent/child workshops, and attentiveness at parental sessions all assist in preparing your child to receive the Sacraments. More information regarding the dates and times of the workshops and parental sessions will be provided as the year progresses.
It is especially important if you are seeking the sacrament of the EUCHARIST for your child that your family participate weekly in the Sunday liturgy. Instilling in your child the importance of regular Mass attendance and witnessing your faith in action will reinforce their desire to receive communion.
Parents of children in the 3rd grade and above are asked to contact the Director of Religious Education for Children, Ana Lisa Pinon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-938-1948 ext 1 in the Religious Education Office for more information on how to prepare their children to receive FIRST PENANCE and FIRST EUCHARIST.
For information on how to properly receive communion reference the information below.
Watch this video to review the dos and don’ts of receiving the Eucharist and review the basics of what Catholics believe about the Eucharist.
Celebrating the sacrament of PENANCE frequently will encourage your child to want to participate. Don’t quite remember how to celebrate the Sacrament? Here’s a short “how to” to guide you through the Sacrament of PENANCE.
Examination of Conscience for Children
A good way to help your child prepare for the Sacrament of PENANCE is to pray through what’s called an examination of conscience. Here’s a good examination of conscience for your children.