A situation has occurred which has me “concerned”:
One of my sisters, who was a cradle Catholic, like the rest of us, and married in the RCC is now a member of the Nazarene Church. (Long story) She and her husband never had either of their daughters baptized in the RCC.
We recently attended a RCC funeral of a close family friend.(“We” being this sister, her husband and their 2 daughters, as well as the rest of our family…who are all still practicing Catholics.
When it came time for Holy Communion, said sister, husband and daughters all received the Eucharist. I was shocked to see them get in line, and there was virtually nothing I could do about it, and obviously wasn’t going to “make a scene”.
It isn’t so much the fact that my sister and her husband received the Eucharist. What bothers me is that their daughters DID. These girls know ZIP about Catholicism. I realize that Nazarenes do not believe in the real presence and that this church they are members of only occassionally have what they call Communion.
I have hesitated making an issue of this, as have the rest of my siblings, but we are in agreement that this was NOT proper. The chances of this sister and her family returning to the RCC are nil. I did briefly mention it to her and she basically said, “They receive at OUR church, so what’s the big deal”?
What, if anything, should I say/do in regard to this issue? The chances of it happening again are pretty good, as several of our old friends are at the age where they are dying and we will no doubt be going to even more funerals. I can’t in good conscience sit back and NOT say something, can I ?
It seems like quite a conundrum to have a big family squabble over receiving Holy Communion.