Youth Overcomes Challenges to Take First Communion

Carson Crosby has had genetic mitochondrial disease, which prevents him from eating or drinking orally. Since birth, he’s been receiving his nutrition from a feeding tube and his first Communion was no different.

Crosby, a student at St. Anthony Catholic School, in Columbus, Texas, received the sacrament, for the first time, on April 24, alongside his classmates.

“I always knew that this was going to be a topic,” his mother, Jenna Crosby, said in a recent interview with Catholic News.

The Catholic Church does not usually give the Eucharist in this manner, but the Crosby family was determined to find a solution. The family worked with St. Anthony and the National Catholic Partnership on Disability to come up with a solution.

Crosby received a solution that took a fraction of the host, dissolved in a small amount of distilled water, to be able to consume it.

Crobsy’s mother Jenna said as they prepared for the first Communion, Carson became less anxious and was happy to receive the Eucharist in a modified way.

She described him being “very empathetic” and “in tune with things.”

His prayer before bed that night, Jenna said, was: “I am thankful to Jesus that I was able to receive my first Communion and change the way people like me can do Communion.”

“God will use him to touch other people’s hearts,” said Charleen Katra, executive director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. “He’s exactly the way God intended him to be, and we have to make sure his faith journey is as joyful as yours or mine.”

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