Setting aside for the moment the wisdom of that policy, we have parishioners who recently transferred back to us. But, lo! Their oldest child “missed” the sacrament this year. First Communion scheduled for a Sunday Mass this weekend.
We left some of the details to the family’s judgment. But here’s what was on the table:
mention by name or mention First communion/young children generally in the Prayers of the Faithful
- family brings up the gifts
- mention name at Communion time as the person receives
I don’t like the last option, to be frank. And the family declined that one. But we’ve done it on Group First Communion Day. We will name the sick and the dead and newly baptized in the intercessions by name. The young lad declined a specific mention. Middle choice seems a no-brainer to offer–they accepted that.
What accommodations, if any, would you give such families who come with a sacramental situation outside the local ordinary (so to speak)? Sit in the purple chair and render judgment. Remember, you’re talking sensitive little kids here.