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Preparation of an unsighted or visually impaired child for the First Communion in the Catholic Church in Poland

Dariusz Lipiec
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 78, No 1 | a7817 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v78i1.7817 | © 2022 Dariusz Lipiec | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 June 2022 | Published: 14 October 2022

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Dariusz Lipiec, Department of Pastoral Theology and Catechetics, Faculty of Theology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland


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Abstract

The aim of the article is to present the preparation of the unsighted and visually impaired children for the First Communion and for their first confession. Blind and visually impaired children whose case is discussed in this article, are, according to the medical standards, described as unsighted; these children attend specialist educational centres. The first part of the article presents the conditions of their preparation for the First Holy Communion and for the first Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, emphasising the influence of the visual impairment on their cognition and communication. The next part of the article shows the steps of the theoretical preparation, with a particular emphasis on the theological issues presented during the religious education classes. Further parts of the article present the steps of the practical preparation, which mainly takes place in the church and in the chapels. The finally presented issue concerns the cooperation between the priests and catechists with the parents of these children.

Contribution: The research presented in the article significantly contributes to the Pastoral Theology, mainly in the field of pastoral care of children with disabilities.


Keywords

the First Communion; visual impairment; preparation for the Holy Communion; the pastoral care; a visually impaired child

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