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The Sacramental Preparation Program for Penance begins in the 2nd grade year.

Parents are the primary teachers of their children and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish tries to provide opportunities for the parents to reflect upon their role, as well as give helpful hints to make this a more meaningful family experience as the students journey to receive the sacrament of Penance for the first time.

The Director of Faith Formation, along with Father Bashista, Father Dort, Deacon Rob, and the Faith Formation Secretary are here to support the parents and families during this process.

The Preparation Program for Penance kicks off with a Parent Enrichment Meeting and Sacrament Preparation Class where the parents learn more about this amazing sacrament and receive the important details and dates. The parents and students will then attend 2 more mandatory meetings  to go over how to go to the sacrament of Penance, how to do an examination of conscience, and tour the confessionals.

Finally, the students will receive the sacrament of Penance at the First Penance Celebration (usually in December) – parents and families are highly encouraged to make it a family event and receive the sacrament along with their children.

** The meetings are mandatory for at least one parent to attend with their students; but of course, both parents are welcome! **


Sheri Suess
Director of Faith Formation
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