I have a question and I hope this is the right place to ask. Here is the situation.
I am in Rcia. I will be doing the rite of welcome in acouple weeks. I am converting from protestant and my entire family is protestant. I invited my mother to church to witness this. My Mother is not “Anti Catholic” but she does have a lot of false beliefs about what Catholics believe and I do not think she knows anything about the Church except information from protestant sources. She thinks making the sign of the cross is “Pagan” and that the Eucharist is just symbolic (she had never even heard the word Eucharist untill I told her and she kind of looked at me like I was wrong and said “You mean the holy supper”) ect.
She has told me in the past that she does not care if she is taking communion in a protestant or Catholic church, it is the same so she would not refuse communion in a Catholic Church (well, atleast this means that she is not anti Catholic right?) She then told me a story about a priest giving her communion in the past and saying that he would give communion to anyone, whether they are Catholic or not.
I believe in the true presence of our Lord in the Eucharist and I am not yet in full communion with The Church. I do not take communion yet out of respect for what I believe. But what the Church believes means nothing to her. I want a nice, charitable way to tell her why she is not to take communion that day. If she does it anyway, then that is between her and God but I feel that knowing what I know, I am obligated to tell her somthing about why that priest was wrong and what The Church believes about the Eucharist. I want her to have as much exposure to Our Church as possible so that she can see that it is Christ centered and not “Mary Centered” or “pagan” as she suspects.
So, my question is, what would you tell her if you were me? My Mother is non-deominational, as was I. In most non-denominational churches, anyone is allowed to take communion, so I think that is why it would not seem like a big deal to her. I just want to have a clear conceience, whether she decides to take communion or not. I hope this all makes sense. Thank you all and God bless.