From a reader…
I am hoping for your wisdom and guidance here. My daughter is preparing for 1st communion (May 2018) at our home parish. However, my parents, living in another state, are not in good enough health to attend the event. Last year they missed the baptism of our son for this reason. Provided she has met all the sacramental preparation requirements is there a means by which she could receieve the sacrament at my parent’s parish? I am tried asking the religious education director but they did not have an answer.
Also, must a 1st communion take place in a specially set mass? Could the sacrament not be received during any mass after which all “mandated” preparation is complete?
GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson
There should be no problem with this – especially if both pastors are reasonable people.
There is no need for First Communion to take place at a special Mass.
The pastor of your parish could write to the pastor of your parents’ parish, explain the circumstances, and ask if arrangements could be made.