Here is the situation: I go frequently to daily Mass at a parish where it is usually the same 12-15 people who attend every day. During the past few months, in addition to the usual small handful of parishioners, a young man, probably an older teenager (we’ll call him Joe), who I am pretty sure is not Catholic, has been attending faithfully. It is wonderful to see him there, and we want to encourage him to continue to come, and possibly join RCIA in the fall, if he is ready.
Normally, Joe remains in his seat while everyone else goes forward for Communion. A few days ago, I noticed a parishioner (who was probably well-meaning) motioning to him to come forward. Despite her urging, he remained in his seat. A day or two later, I saw him come forward–for the first time to my knowledge–to receive the Eucharist. Our priest would normally be good at talking to him and handling the situation kindly and tactfully, but he is gone this week and part of next week, and an elderly retired priest is celebrating Mass in his absence.
Should I talk to Joe and explain to him about receiving Holy Communion? Or should I wait until our priest gets back and bring it to his attention? (Although I respect the retired priest who has been coming to say Mass, I don’t know if I would trust him with this situation.) There will be a few more Masses before our priest returns, and chances are that Joe will be there. Not quite sure what to do . . .