And I will add to that:
2015: Mixed Anglo and Latino parish, not mid western city, but a major metro region in the U.S. This particular parish may be 40-45% Latino (N.O.) There is a Spanish Mass on Sundays and Spanish catechesis during the school year, as well as a Spanish-speaking assistant pastor always on staff. In other words, they are being ministered to; they are not being neglected or ignored.
So called "First" Communion consisted of 1 middle-school aged boy, 1 middle-school aged girl, and one elementary grade girl (definitely not age 6-8, though, more like age 9 or 10). It is not possible that the diocesan families are not using contraception. But just as bad, to me, is the untimeliness of this all. What the heck was happening when these children were age 7? Why weren't they receiving First Communion instruction then? (And no, these are not recent immigrants.)
Now, I shouldn't totally single those families out, because how many Anglo kids were there receiving any sacraments at this parish? Zero. It's true that most of the Anglos are older and most of the Latinos include a larger span of ages, from young to old, but still, it is not believable that there are no Anglo married couples of childbearing age in the parish. Not believable.
One confirmand. One. Since I wasn't there, I don't know the ethnic background of the individual, just that he was of some minor age.
I learned of this through a friend who attends that parish and has a position there, but in the past I have seen the same thing there when I was asked to come in specially to sing on a couple of occasions.
So obviously one issue is the absence of children. But the other issue is the healthy size of the children's catechetical classes which is not matched by sacramental initiation. Why would you send your children to catechesis but neglect their sacramental life? Why?