I guess I do have a First Communion issue for anyone brave and daring enough to sit in the purple chair and face down parents, DRE’s, and regular parishioners. Suppose, like my parish, you celebrate First Communion at a regular Sunday Mass with not only the extended families of first communicants, but also your regular parishioners. Would you handle the usual Communion procession differently?
In my parish, the second graders will approach the altar with their parents only. The twenty-six plus fifty-two will receive the Eucharist, and once all have received, then the rest of the assembly follows, starting with the families and guests in the reserved rows, followed by others beyond the seventh pew or so.
Here’s my question: given your own church and its unique geography, does this work? What about pastorally and theologically: does it matter having the little ones and their parents on parade first, or should they be integrated with the rest of the community?
For my First Communion, which took place on the day after I was baptized, I didn’t know if it was going to be arranged specially. I was glad my sister and I sat with our godparents and we went up “anonymously.” That suited me fine: I just wanted to be part of the community.
So … how do you want to do it?