Isabella’s First Confession

Isabella’s First Confession

[lead dropcap="yes"]As homeschooling parents of a 7-year-old, we’ve been thinking about First Confession and First Communion lately. If she were in school, Isabella would be in second grade and so she would be preparing for the sacraments this school year in religious education. We never considered sending our kids to parish religious education since if we’re going to be homeschooling, then we’re definitely forming them in the faith ourselves. I do have degrees in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville so I think I’m qualified.[/lead]

After Mass today we were chatting in the entrance to the church with Fr. Matt, the young priest who lives in residence in our parish but who I also work with at the Pastoral Center where he is the director of the Office for the New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults. At one point we mentioned that Isabella would be making her first confession soon and so he said to her, jokingly, “Do you want to go now?” I think he expected her to cringe and say No, but instead she replied with eagerness, “Sure!” That took us all aback instead.

“Are you sure?”

“Do you have time now, Father?”

Okay then. Our pastor already had some people in the confessional, so Fr. Matt took Bella up to the sanctuary where he put a couple of chairs together. Melanie took the other kids outside so they wouldn’t create a ruckus and I knelt in the pew to pray as my baby took this big step of her second Sacrament.

After, when mom and dad had shed a few tears, we all piled into the car, full of grace and giddy with joy, to head home and have a celebratory pancake brunch. God is good!