I’m concerned about something that happened with my religious education class last week.
It was planned ahead of time that we would be bringing all the kids to confession as part of preparation for advent. I was psyched for this and planned to talk to my kids about the sacrament beforehand and go to confession myself to set an example.
As it turned out, it was a rushed, assembly-line experience. I had no time to talk to them before we went and I was not given the chance to confess myself.
I was told to say the Act of Contrition with the kids before we went. I assumed this was to refresh their memories in case they had not memorized it. I handed out the few printed copies I had and suggested they pass them to their classmates on their way out of the confessional, if anyone needed help.
On our way down, my DRE asked why they had the printed prayers in their hands and when they told her she said, “You already said it, you don’t have to say it again.”
The poor kids looked at me in confusion and I told them not to worry about it.
So what I’m wondering is, did my director simply do this to speed up or streamline the “process” or is there some legitimate scenario in which we can say the act before confession and not be asked by the priest to say it afterwards? I thought it was part of the rite. It doesn’t make sense to me and I didn’t have a chance to speak to my director or the priest when we were finished. I hate the idea of teaching the children to rush or take shortcuts with something so precious as the sacraments!
Have a blessed weekend.