WHEN I was of age, my class and I were each given a communion book that was given a designated amount of time each day as we neared communion day.
I never questioned it, because I was seven years of age and didn't have the capacity.
I looked up and every other boy and girl had a book and we would all write down our feelings toward making our communion.
My mind couldn't comprehend that little Mary, or little Joe's, families might not share the same beliefs as one another.
There should be a separation between religion generally and education. There is nothing wrong with teaching children about respect and common moral values, but intertwining that with the staples of a religion is wrong and unnecessary.
If Mary's parents want her to grow up in the Catholic Church, they can make that decision themselves and take her to Mass.
If they don't want to do that, they can refrain from doing so without having to contact her principal for them to say Mary will have to sit out when communion is mentioned. So, if the making of communion was wholly a private decision and an action taken within the family, how many of a class of 30 would there be receiving the sacrament on the day?
There would be fewer frills, let's just put it that way.