At mass today the parish scout group was in attendance and they all sat together. Two leaders sat in the pews with the boys (obviously didn’t see everything), and the families sat behind them up to 4 or 5 rows behind their sons. Boys ranged from 1st to 8th grade. There was slight misbehaving during mass in the pews by a few of the boys, but nothing disruptive. The leaders and older boys did try to quietly discourage this.
There happened to only be one 1st grader, and he was the only one who hadn’t received his 1st Communion. He knows better as I know he attends the Catholic school that attends mass weekly and I also see him often at Sunday (or Saturday) mass. At our church all children go up, and the younger ones are to cross their arms to get their blessing. This boy went up, didn’t have his arms crossed, but didn’t really have them up as if to receive. The Lay Eucharist minster started to offer him the body and he then put his hands up to take it. I think he was surprised it was given to him, and he started laughing. He then went off to the side, laughed some more, walked with it a little bit, and then put it into mouth. He continued to laugh some more and seemed proud of himself over what happened. I noticed the boy who received in front of him (just slightly older…2nd grade) noticed he did take the host (as he still hand it as he approached the pew, and he saw the production the boy was making). I noticed he was trying to tell the boy he was doing something that was not right, but then the scout leaders told the slightly older boy to be quiet(he was one of the ones that was slightly misbehaving earlier, so maybe they thought he was continuing). I am not sure if the leaders noticed what happened or not, but I don’t think it was addressed. I’m not sure if the mom noticed either…she was only 2 or 3 rows behind her son…but I’m leaning toward she didn’t notice, unfortunately. Maybe the boy blurted out his actions at home, but I don’t know.
I only slightly know this family, and am not sure if I should say anything to anyone or not.