OK, so about a month ago I asked you about whether or not it was right to bring children up around the altar during children’s school mass (on Friday). You all said that it was not allowed. Then I asked what about during First Communion. Our priest always does this. So, I asked our diocese about it. The bishop’s assistant stated that, indeed not, children should not be around the altar. Just like you all said.
THEN, I went to our diocese website to look up policy and I found this…it’s in the policy for confirmation/first communion:
“If space permits, the candidates may gather around the altar for the Eucharistic prayer. They would be invited up before the preface dialogue and return to their seats after the Sign of Peace.”
Our old bishop penned this, I think. I’m not sure if he came up with this on his own, or if he asked around, or what. Completely unsure on this.
I’m pretty sure that our new bishop would not like this policy. So, I brought it to his attention, through his assistant. I have not heard back yet. I will let you know his response.
SO…apparently in our diocese it IS allowed to have children around the altar.
Frankly, I’m surprised. Now, what do I do? If it’s policy, then it’s OK, right???