Children's First Communion: social or spiritual feast?

Children's First Communion: social or spiritual feast?

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A few days ago I met the catechist who, for two years, had been preparing my daughter for her First Communion and I asked her how her work was going. With tremendous disgust written on her face, she told me that each year the celebration loses its true meaning. Few families are committed to living this religious sacrament as they should. They throw a huge party, the boy wins a lot of gifts, and everything else takes a back seat.

I recently heard a debate on the radio about this issue. A mother illustrated the discussion by commenting on the talk she had had with her son. The boy wanted, like his friends, to make First Communion at all costs, but she was not sure that her wish corresponded to the religious celebration. The boy had heard from his friends that when making First Communion they gave you a lot of things, that they made him a party and countless etc. Then the mother asked him: 'And what do you prefer: to have First Communion or to have a party for you?' and the boy replied: 'the party!' With that, she said everything. Could it be that the children who make their First Communion know what that represents?

Children learn what is passed on to them. While in the church the catechists are taught the true meaning of the celebration, at home the children are direct witnesses that the central concern of their parents is oriented only to the social celebration, that is, to the party, to the clothes, to the banquet, and also that everything turns out perfect. To give you an idea of ​​how the attention of some parents is not oriented to the religious celebration, when my daughter made her First Communion, there was a child who was a day before for the rehearsal but not on the day and time of the celebration .

Everyone in church wondered why the boy hadn't come to his First Communion. The priest even delayed the mass for a few minutes, but when the catechist called the boy's home, his parents told him that they thought the celebration was in the afternoon. We have all been indignant and perplexed, of course. Later, we learned that these parents had not appeared at any of the meetings to which they were called. And yes, although the child did not get to make the First Communion, he was able to enjoy his party and his gifts.

And your son, does he want to have First Communion or not? Do you think that the First Communion, as such, has its days numbered? What could be done to preserve the true meaning of First Communion?

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