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This picture shows a priest in the confessional with a penitent and another waiting and praying. See teaching ideas below the image.
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I remember how helpful it was to our children to have had a chance to see inside the confessional before they received their First Penance. At one school the Sister took the class and let each child see the place for the priest and the place where they would make their confession.
When I was a child, Sister also taught us how to hold the drape for the next person. Where there is a door it is best to leave it open when you are finished confessing.
This can be done at home, yet it is nice when you can to be in the priests' seat and talk to each child so they know what to expect.
Show them how to use the interior light and where the prayers are pinned to the wall under a Crucifix. Even if the children do know their prayers it can be a consolation to know that the prayers are posted in case they need them in the future.
It's a comfort for children to know that there's a light in the stall. A light is also helpful for reading the script, the prayers, or a personal list to remember to confess.
Most confessionals have an external indicator light that the priest is ready and another light to show if someone is kneeling in the place for penitents. It is good show the lights to the children, so that in the future they know when they can enter.
Do teach what a wonderful thing it is to have the privacy of the confessional. In a way the confessional is a symbol of the seal of confession and helps children understand that the priest is not going to tell their secrets to anyone else.
St. John Nepomucene is an excellent saint story to read at this time.
Do teach that, if one needs to seek advice from the priest, one should schedule a meeting with him, especially if the confession lines are long.
Learn more about Catholic Sacrament of Penance here.
Show them, too, where to make their personal penance after confession.
Different churches and chapels have different ways of lining up. So you'll want to show them where to go so they do not look like they're waiting to get in line.
It is so important to say the penance prayers promptly. If you suspect the children might have been distracted (Christmas decorations? Lent preparations?) try to have quiet time on the way home or in class after confession time.
There's so much you could prepare, yet it is more important to keep it simple with no pressure than to "get it right". Father will ask what he needs and for little children, this is not usually much.
Encourage the children with how happy they will be after going to confession. Go to this page and scroll down a bit to learn how to receive the sacrament of Penance worthily.
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