Children receiving Sacraments

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I have three kids who are all over the age of reason that have been delayed entering the Catholic Faith for years. They will all receive Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion in the near future. I have been doing separate classes with the family. I am asking for possible options that I may use for them to receive these Sacraments. 

A family member of the kids is coming in to town for Easter Sunday weekend. I have a guest priest presiding for the Vigil. Am I able to have the three children receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion at Easter Sunday Mass? Is there another option that you may be aware of for these children to receive these Sacraments?


A: Wonderful news about the children. I hope by now you have brought them through the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens at their parish and the Rite of Election at the cathedral. I hope you are doing the one scrutiny that the RCIA provides for children of catechetical age.

Your bishop may give permission for the children to receive their three sacraments on an occasion other than the Easter Vigil. In theory, yes, that could be Easter Sunday morning.