Catechesis for the first reception of the Sacrament of Penance is to precede the catechesis for the reception of First Communion and is kept distinct by a clear and unhurried separate preparation. This is done so that the specific identity of each sacrament is apparent, and so that before receiving First Communion the child will be familiar with the Rite of Penance and will be at ease with the reception of the sacrament. The Sacrament of Penance is to be celebrated prior to the reception of First Eucharist.
Parents of Children who have reached the second grade are invited to enroll their children for sacramental preparation for Penance and Eucharist. Parents not only have the right but also the responsibility to be intimately involved in preparing their children for the sacraments. That preparation should be both supportive and instructional. The supportive role includes a home environment which nourishes a love of God and an appreciation for the sacraments. The instructional role is to assist in teaching and reinforcing of catechetical content. Thus, parents will attend with their children as they prepare for the reception of each sacrament.