Faith Formation - First Reconciliation
Traditionally, children in the second year of religious formation are considered at the age of discretion (around 7 years old) by the Catholic Church. According to the document, The Sacraments of Initiation Policies for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, which was promulgated by then Bishop Donald Wuerl in 1995, "... candidates for First Communion are to received appropriate catechesis concerning the sacrament of Penance and are to be helped to develop and examine their consciences as they are led to celebrate sacramental reconciliation in readiness for Eucharist." Therefore, children enrolled in Faith Formation classes at St. Benedict the Abbot Parish, as well as children enrolled in Catholic schools will begin diligent preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation. Parents must recognize the unique role they share in the Christian formation of their children, especially in regards to moral development. For this reason, parents are required to attend one parent session for each child who is engaged in preparation for the sacrament of Penance.