Even without the complications of Down's Syndrome it's hard for a mom with little ones to get out the door and to school or church on time, without fail. So our hearts go out to British mum Clare Ellarby. Clare's son Denum has Down's Syndrome and was denied Holy Communion by his family's church in Yorkshire. She told the BBC that the diocese says that her son's inability to concentrate will make it impossible for him to prepare for Communion this year. But it sounds like her inability to make it to Mass every week may also be a factor.
As The Catholic Herald reports, the Church hasn't ruled out Communion for Denum in the future. A diocese spokesman says that "Denum's family has not participated in the regular life of the Church or in the preparation preceding First Communion. We hope that this will change as Denum grows and we are working with him and his family to help him achieve this." In response, Clare explains that with two young children, one of whom has Down's, she just can't make it to Mass regularly.