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Kolleen DelGuidice wrote:

Hi, guys —

My son has begun first grade in public school. My husband and I are both Catholics although neither of us have been active participants in quite a while. We would like our son to receive his sacraments just as we did. My question is:

  • Does my son have to attend CCD classes in order to receive the sacraments?

Thanks for taking the time.


  { Does my son have to attend CCD classes in order to receive the sacraments? }

John replied:

Dear Kolleen,

Thanks for you question.

The answer is yes, you son has to attend CCD in order to receive the Sacraments.

But if you please, I'd like to challenge you a bit by asking you to ponder a few questions.

  • Since, neither you or your husband practice your faith, why is it important to you that your son receive the Sacraments?

Sacraments are not simply tradition or rites of passage. The Church isn't a lodge or social club. Sacraments are encounters with Christ through the ministry of the Church. They are Spiritual realities, not excuses to dress up nice and throw a party where family members bring presents.

So, if you actually believe in the Sacraments, then I suggest you first set the example for your son and return to the sacraments yourself. If you don't know your faith well enough to understand it, then do something about. Study your faith so you can pass it on to your son. CCD classes are only meant to re-enforce the Catholic upbringing a child is getting at home. Kids can go to CCD every week, but:

  • if they don't see their parents pray
  • if they don't see their parents go to Church, or
  • if they don't hear their parents mention God or Jesus without cursing, then CCD does little good.

So while I applaud your desire to see your son receive the sacraments, please remember, it's not about some ritual passing.

If you are going to do this, do it right!


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