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Pat wrote:

Dear Someone Helpful,

Our catholic grade school recently proposed that the second graders receive First Communion and wait until the fourth grade before receiving their First Penance. This is a new one to me, though I suppose not to you.

  • I found some files in the EWTN document library and wondered if maybe there was an explanation for why this is the proper procedure in the New Oxford Review?
  • What do you think of this?


  { Which sacrament should our second graders receive first: Penance or First Holy Communion? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Pat —

There is really no justification for the practice of having First Communion before First Penance.

Canon Law expects, if not insists, on having First Penance first, before First Communion.

The reverse order is generally regarded as an abuse.

Hope this helps,

Eric Ewanco

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