I can’t believe it. I’m still in shock. My 13 year old autistic son is going to be taking First Communion and Confirmation classes this year. There was a time that I didn’t think he would get either, and now he’s going to do both. It’s going to be a lot of work for him, but my husband and I will be with him every step of the way.
It’s not a given your Catholic autistic son will be able to receive First Communion or Confirmation. It depends on the church you are attending, and the priest at the church. When we lived in Fayetteville, my son was refused admittance into classes. Any classes. The reason given was that he couldn’t talk. I was told that I had to educate him at home. It broke my heart and I turned my back on the church.
When we moved, back to this little town that I have grown to love, I tried again. This time, I was met with open arms. My son was welcomed into the church and into the classes. The only requirement they had for taking First Communion and Confirmation classes was that the child needed to attend regular classes for two years. Well, my autistic son made it through those two years, and they have given the green light for him to start First Communion and Confirmation education this year. It’s a lot. I didn’t think that both could be done at the same time, but they can.
First Communion for Both Kids
My son won’t be the only one preparing for a major step in his religious education. My daughter will be taking First Communion classes, too. It looks like we are going to have a big celebration in May 2013, for both of my kids. I’d like to do something really special for them both, but something extra special for my son. I’m thinking that it has to involve Shania Twain, since my son loves her music and videos. I need to figure out how to burn her videos off of YouTube, and play them on the tv. I’m also going to start putting money aside, little by little, and try to get him an iPad. He really wants one, but they are expensive. I have 10 months to put together the best party in the whole world. Anyone have some Shania Twain posters they want to get rid of?