The second graders of Holy Cross School gathered this morning to attend mass as a group. They have been faithfully attending weekday masses during the year and it was a pleasure to welcome them to Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion
Today we celebrated two Masses with our First Communicants of 2018. The children were well prepared and reverent and their parents and families were joyful. First Holy Communions enrich our entire parish family and are a wonderful sign of the Holy Spirit bringing nearer to completion our youngest members of the Body of Christ.
What a beautiful day we were gifted with for First Communions! The cool, crisp wind seemed to keep cloud covers away and both the morning and afternoon ceremonies were perfect picture weather.
The children were so reverent and sang the mass parts so well, it was a pleasure to invite them into the sanctuary for the Eucharistic Prayer.
Of course, it's also a pleasure to welcome them for their Second Communions on Sunday with the regular Sunday mass community.
Congratulations to their parents, godparents and teachers for preparing them so well. May they begin a lifelong relationship with Christ, The Good Shepherd through frequent prayer and communion.
Pray for our First Communicants and their families who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communions this weekend.
It is a time of grace for communicants, their families and parishioners alike.
Thank you to our teacher catechists and Mrs. Sallie Kabash for a beautiful and prayerful First Communions - the first in our new church.
Please pray for our First Holy Communicants who will welcome Jesus into their hearts during Eucharist this Saturday.
Please pray for our First Communicants and their families on this wonderful day for them and for the life of our parish. May the joy of receiving Jesus stay with them always!
Many blessings to our First Communicants and their families. How wonderful it is to be able to receive the Body and Blood of Christ to be nourished and encouraged on the path of Christian discipleship.
The weather was a bit turbulent, but the rain held off until shortly after the last ceremony. It looked like most people were able to get to their cars without getting soaked in the rain.
Thank you to all those who prepared the children so well for this special day - our parish staff, especially Mrs. Kabash and Mrs. George and the second grade teaching staff of both our school and our Religious Education program. Mr. Beluzzi, our principal, was beaming as spiritual grandfather to so many of our school's second graders. The most important preparation of all is done by the parents. Let us pray that they are inspired with resolve and perseverance in the handing on of the Catholic faith.
Let us pray for a continued reverence and joy for the Eucharist whether we celebrate it at a sickbed, in a gym or a brand new church.
How exciting to be in the final week before the celebration of our First Holy Communions this coming Saturday. One of my favorite privileges as a priest is to be able to introduce children to Jesus in the Eucharist for the very first time. The day is always a joyful one for the entire family, sometimes including great grandparents!
Pray for our first communicants that this day begins a lifelong love of Eucharist and strengthening with the Body and Blood of Christ.