My husband and I have been preparing our third child for First Reconciliation and First Communion. We always treasure this special year of our children’s lives – when they take time to learn about these two incredible sacraments and prepare to change their lives forever by drawing closer into the life of the Church. There are many wonderful resources out there to help families and religious education programs with sacramental preparation. I’d like to introduce you to two resources that we cherish.
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“This pocket-sized book, with an Imprimatur from Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz, first gets to the root of some important questions: What do we believe about the Holy Eucharist? How do we prepare for Holy Communion? What is the correct way to receive Holy Communion? How do we show reverence to the Blessed Sacrament?After improving the reader s understanding of the Holy Eucharist, the book then guides the reader s participation in the Sacrament through the inclusion of a glossary, prayers to recite before the Blessed Sacrament, and a list of Indulgences that can be gained in relation to Eucharistic Devotion.”
“The Sacrament of Confession is often misunderstood by children and adults alike. While your child is preparing for his first Confession, it’s easy for you both to feel overwhelmed. And even if first Confession was a while ago, perhaps you wish that you and your child had a better understanding of the sacrament A Little Book about Confession for Children explains the hows and whys of going to Confession. It includes step-by-step instructions for preparing and receiving this beautiful sacrament of healing, which draws us into the infinite mercy of God. The book even provides an examination of conscience just for kids. Everything you and your child need to know about the Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Confession) can be found in this informative little book with charming four-color illustrations. Perfect for preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, this little book is sure to be used over and over again.”
I treasure these two books!
Kendra Tierney‘s book was just released and is a true treasure for preparing children for confession. My daughter was surprisingly attentive as my husband read to her from the chapters. And, I really appreciated the examination of conscience, the question and answer section, and the hand front and back flaps as a quick reference for a child in the confessional. I know this book help my daughter truly understand the sacrament and feel more confident her first time in the confessional.
Fr. Coggi’s book is one that I have used for all my children, in preparation for first communion. In a Baltimore Catechism style, the book covers the various points of theology regarding the Eucharist without coming across too heavy or overbearing. The second section is very special – covering the various Eucharistic miracles that have been documented by the Church. The third section covers the saints and the Eucharist.
Together, these two books make a great team for childhood sacramental preparation!