My nephew when receiving the first communion never had a pennance, which is backwards, but I was again told by the Priests at St Anthony here in New York on Long Island that this is the way things are done now.
I then sat through the infamous “bagel Mass”, which a friend of the family sent into a traditional web page and I am told it is featured along with all of the other famous masses that take place like the dorito mass, the cheesehead mass and the clown masses.
The priest was walking with the bagel, telling the kids that the body of Christ is the same nourishment that a bagel is and that it is no different as both are needed to live. He said nothing about consecration or the canon or anything that had to relate to the importance of the mass. And again said that if he prayed over the bagel it would be our Lord.
Well I wrote to our Bishop and he as usual did not respond.
My advice-Travel and go to a good TLM parish with sacrements that use pre-Vatican II words before the ICEL destroyed them
[quote=john ennis]My parish has long prepared kids for First Penance two years after First Communion.
After failing to persuade our Religious Formation director, and then our pastor, to look at the Church’s myriad of documents on the issue (all saying the same thing), I finally wrote the monsigneur at the diocese, who verified that I’m correct, but sidestepped my request that something be done.
I’ve sent all this to the bishop now, directly insisting that the diocese meet its responsibility so that “parents are no longer guided to violate Canon 914.” It’s a safe bet that things will start happening.
My priest and the religious formation person had been indignant about the whole thing; shortly, they’ll be feeling quite more so!
What would you do? I have another good nearby parish which I used to be a member of. I’m thinking of switching just to avoid the awkwardness.