I’m 20 and just started RCIA at the beginning of September (although I have been knowing i wanted to become Catholic since last March). Recently, I went on one of those collegiate retreats and they had a moment where they asked all the retreat attendants to go to confession.
I explained to my group leader that I was only in RCIA, and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to go to confession until right before I got confirmed.
The group leader said it was fine, and I explained it to the priest whenever I got there too, who also said it was fine.
And I know I can’t take Communion, but at this point it makes me wonder why. I’ve been Baptized, I’ve gone to confession, I fully believe in the Catholic church. If I had come to these conclusions only a few years earlier, i could’ve not had to go through RCIA and taken communion before being confirmed.
I understand the merits of waiting. And I am guessing it’s probably different when your under 18 because there’s an assumption you were raised in a Catholic household and thus received further instruction? But I don’t really understand why someone who has partaken in many of the other sacraments and fully believes in the truths of the Eucharist cannot partake