I was baptized Catholic as an infant and attended Catholic schools most of my childhood and for the entirety of high school. However, I was not allowed to make my 1st Penance and 1st Holy Communion in grade school. My parents did not want to “force” a religion on me and wanted to allow me to choose on my own. I am now in my 30’s and participating in the RCIA program as a candidate preparing for these sacraments, as well as, Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.
My question feels silly but I honestly do not know the answer and am too embarrassed to speak up at the meetings. While I was in high school the teachers demanded every student attended confession - so I have been to confession 2 times. Also, I received Holy Communion 2 times my freshman year b/c I was too embarrassed to remain behind. Is this something I should make known to the RCIA director? Were these occasions my 1st Penance and 1st Holy Communion? Do I need to confess to my priest about taking Holy Communion without having celebrated the first sacrament in a formal setting?
To add to my confusion (and this was my freshman year of HS) – in the second confession I DID confess to receiving Holy Communion (without having celebrated the sacrament in a formal setting) and father said it was no big deal BUT he is a controversial priest in my diocesan b/c he encourages EVERYONE (Catholic or not) to receive Holy Communion….Weird coincidence, huh? :shrug:
Thanks so much for the insight and advice. Have a blessed Lent!