My son will be 14 years old shortly. He has Down syndrome. We live in a very rural area, and we home school. I prepared him for First Communion, which was delayed due a texture aversion, but he took FC 2 Easters ago (praise God!). Our Priest was wonderfully understanding - we needed him to not make a big deal of it, so he was sort of sneaked into the first row with the adult catechists and the announcement was only made after communion was successful so as not to put any pressure on him. When he was able to complete First Communion, Father made the announcement and we had pictures taken, etc. Folks on this forum were so helpful in figuring out how to go about all this. Thank you!!
Anyhow, since every new thing thing takes more time and planning and thinking for my young man, it is time to begin to explore what exactly we can do for Confirmation preparation.
Our local parish has no formal religious education program - no regular catechism classes or confirmation class - sometimes a parent will take it on when their own child is involved and most years, none.
We have one Priest who has 4 tiny churches spread out quite a distance. He would gladly just do the paperwork with the Bishop and confirm my son now, if we asked. Perhaps I should have asked to just have it done during his FC. But as in First Communion, I try to take the time to let my son experience a modified version of studying, praying and preparing for the sacraments. He truly loves his religious instruction, and it just seems wrong to deny him the opportunity.
Sorry this is so long, but here’s the final rub - I’m an adult convert myself, as is my husband. So we just got confirmed at the time of our baptism and FC. I need ideas for what exactly is involved in Confirmation, and help thinking of adapted versions of such instruction for a disabled child in a very sparsely populated, rural area.
Thank you for any suggestions!