I am very sorry to hear this; I know First Communion is a milestone and children raised in the faith tend to look forward to it with much anticipation.
The problem with child custody issues (that includes anything pertaining to the child, such as parenting time, extracuriccular activities, religious upbringing, medical choices etc) is that the court retains ongoing jurisdiction over the issues and can modify any agreement/order as they see fit (because the court is deemed to be the venue with ultimate authority).
However, when there is indication that the parents have a long term agreement to raise a child a certain way, particularly religiously ( a certain faith) or dealing with education (ie homeschool, public/private education) then the court will typically enforce any agreement (and if no written agreement may find an implied agreement).
If the court order as written incorporates the agreement then it is for now (absent modification) binding so that if a parent makes a knowing and willful violation they can be held in contempt of court. Of most practical importance, the court may modify the parenting schedule so that the parent that is willing to give effect to the agreement will have parenting time during the relevant period (ie mass, CCD, etc)
So a party can:
1. bring a motion for contempt-this tends to raise the stakes and increase the litigious aspect of custody cases so that should be considered.
2. bring a motion to compel compliance with the court order -so a specific directive that the parent must take (and encourage) the child to attend these events
3. bring a motion to modify custody and visitation so that the parent that is willing to encourage these activities will have possession of the child during these times.
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