Second graders and older children prepare to celebrate this sacrament for the first time prior to the reception of their First Holy Communion. Children prepare in two sessions in the fall with the celebration of the sacrament in November. Older children join preparation classes at their respective grade/age levels.
We begin with a prayer service in the church at 6:45 pm. After the prayer service parents and children participate in separate classes to discuss the sacrament. Classes conclude at 8 pm. Attendance at all sessions is expected.
Preparation for the sacrament takes place within the support of the church community. Preparation must be separate and distinct from preparation for First Holy Communion.
Faith Formation is life-long. Children who are preparing for the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion are also enrolled in Faith Formation programs or in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Grade School.
A copy of the child’s baptismal certificate must be submitted at registration for sacrament preparation classes. Registration occurs in August.
If you have questions, please contact Kristie Altman at 407-647-5171 or Kristie@stmargaretmary.org
First Penance 2018 Schedule
Child/Parent Preparation Sessions:
- Tuesday, October 2, 6:45-8 pm
- Tuesday, October 16, 6:45-8 pm
Retreat: You will be assigned one retreat date:
- Tuesday, October 23, 6:45-8 pm
- Tuesday, November 6, 6:45-8 pm
Celebration of the Sacrament: You will choose one date:
- Saturday, November 10, 9 am
- Tuesday, November 13, 7 pm