Sunday, April 3, 2011

March Book Report

The Virtues by Pope Benedict XVI (a review for The Catholic Company)

Tanglewood Tales, Illustrated Edition (Yesterday's Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne - another delightful collection of myths retold in the same style as in A Wonder-Book for Boys and Girls.

Bone Dance: A Fantasy for Technophiles by Emma Bull wasn't that great.

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

The King of the Golden City by Mother Mary Loyola is an allegory to aid children in learning the value of the Eucharist. I'm considering it as part of our preparation for First Communion next year. The protagonist is a little maid, but I think First Son would have a problem with that. It seems to be a quality story and one that could help develop an appreciation of and love for the Eucharist. If I do decide to include it, I'll be using the free study guide for some of our discussions.


  1. I hope you don't mind me asking questions born of my ignorance, but...

    Is there a set age for first communion? Or just a traditional process? Our Lutheran friends have a confirmation process and first communion takes place after that, which is usually around age 13. Our church, on the other hand, practices a version of paedocommunion (at the discretion of the parents), so all of our children except O. have already taken communion. I am just curious how it works in the Catholic Church.


  2. Brandy, the age for First Communion is a little at the discretion of the diocese, but I believe the end of second grade is the norm in the US. We have infant baptism, Reconciliation and First Communion around at 7 or 8 and a later Confirmation, generally sometime in high school. The Bishop has to be present for Confirmation, so at smaller parishes, like ours, he may only come every two or three years. Basically, First Communion is offered as early as it's expected that children can understand the True Presence. I believe most parishes have someone interview the children to make sure they are adequately instructed and prepared.

    Kansas Dad can give much greater detail on the sacraments, if you have more questions.

    Long ago, most Catholics did not receive communion until they were much older. It was also not offered to the laity very often, though now we're encouraged to take communion at least once a week, daily if possible. (As long as we're not in a state of mortal sin.)


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