Something I've been pondering for the past few days. I student teach a third grade class at our parish school. It seems like it is assumed that once the kids make their first confession and Communion, they're good to take Communion from then on. I'm thinking about it because we had a little "Mass practice" today and the teacher went over receiving Communion. I told her that maybe we should go over procedure for kids who can't take Communion, since we do have one non-Catholic in our class, and she said that oh yeah, we do have so and so who's not Catholic, you're right. Other than him, I think they all made their first Communions this year.
It's just kind of like there's not much emphasis on confessing any mortal sins before taking the Eucharist, you're either a) non-Catholic so no Communion, b) not old enough to make your first Communion so no Communion, or c) you've made your first Communion so you're good to go from here on out. I feel like this is a pretty common attitude these days. Does anyone else notice this?
I should add that on the one hand, I think about their maturity and wonder if they are even able to sin mortally. But then on the other hand, the Church says they can, and the Church is wiser than I.