My granddaughter and I are in a bit of a dilemma. She is 7 years old. I have legal guardianship of her. The only decision I cannot legally make, is what religion she will belong to.
I am Catholic and actively practice Catholicism in the home. Both parents are aware of this and “don’t mind” if my granddaughter learns prayers, goes to Mass with me, etc. My granddaughter has had a strong love for Mary since she was 3, and is learning to say the rosary.
My granddaughter want to take Communion, but hasn’t been baptized and can’t even go to CCD because this is a requirement. The parents will allow her to be baptized if it is her choice. I really wanted her to be able to receive some education from someone besides me, but we are in a catch 22 Besides, I just learned that the CCD class is a 2 year course, so even if she received baptism, she wouldn’t be able to receive First Connunion with children her own age.
So what happens with children who miss First Communion at age 7? They are too young for RCIA. How do they receive a CCD education, without having to take classes with children much younger than themselves?