Hello everyone. My question is if First Communion can ever be offered privately? I have a special-needs son who will be in second grade this year. I am homeschooling him using a Catholic curriculum because of sensory issues that make attending a traditional classroom very difficult for him. He has problems during a normal Mass where he will feel ill, or have to leave suddenly, or even faint or vomit. We try to sit near the back to minimize disruption but we usually have to leave halfway through and get him into the fresh air.
He is excited about his First Holy Communion, but I know all the ceremony and pressure will do him in. My concern is for the other participants and their families. This is such an important day and we would not want to ruin anyone’s memories of First Communion if it can be avoided. I am hesitant to approach our parish priest because my son has had problems in Mass before and he has been less than sympathetic, to say the least. Is a private First Communion ceremony possible? Thank you so much for your help.