Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope that you have been coping well during these extra-ordinary times and that the start of the school year has been manageable. We, as a parish community, continue to pray. It is good for us to be reminded that even as we have been unusually distanced from each other, God remains present and active in our lives. With that in mind, I welcome you to the celebration of the sacrament of First Communion for your child. We are playing a bit of ‘catch-up’ as this sacrament is normally celebrated in the Spring.
All of us are acutely aware of the impact the pandemic has had on the living of our lives. Our celebrations of First Communion this year in the Fall will have some differences from our usual routine. Fr. Pawel Stanciewicz, our associate pastor, and myself will be confecting the sacrament.
The parish at this time is limited to 30% of its seating capacity for attendance, so participation is limited to immediate family only. (one pew per family)
Please arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the celebration. The candidates will not be gathering in the basement before hand.
The liturgy is simplified this year, there is no procession of the children at the beginning, so the candidate and their family will go immediately into the church and chose a pew and then be seated. Seating is not assigned so the earlier you arrive the better seat you get. We ask that the candidate sit at the end of the pew so they will be the first in their family to come forward for the sacrament.
The wearing of face masks is mandatory in the church. The children will remove face masks at the time of receiving Communion. Please practice at home with your child how to receive Communion in the hand before the celebration.
Since we are not celebrating First Communion at the usual time in the Spring, we are aware that Communion dresses and suits may not be readily available. We simply recommend that the children are dressed in their Sunday best.
There is no professional photographer this year. Personal photos can be taken outside on the church grounds weather permitting or at home. No pictures in the church, please exit the church building directly after the liturgy as we will need to sanitize for the next celebration.
May you continue to be blessed as we look forward to celebrating your child’s First Communion.
Father Lawrence Parent, Pastor
First Communion dates and times:
|School||Date and Time|
|Msgr. Haller||October 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.|
|Blessed Sacrament||November 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. for Children with Last Names A-I|
|Blessed Sacrament||November 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. for Children with Last Names M-Y|
|John Sweeney||November 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. for Children with Last Names A-L|
|John Sweeney||November 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. for Children with Last Names M-Z|
|OLO Grace||November 21, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.|
The Eucharist and How to Receive
The Eucharist is our family meal. Family meals provide us
How to Receive the Eucharist:
When you move forward, bow your head as the person in front of you receives Jesus. This is a reminder that we are doing something very special and are asking Jesus to strengthen us for the week ahead.
The Minister of the Eucharist will say to you: “The Body of Christ.”
We respond: “AMEN”
What does AMEN mean? It means “Yes, I believe”. I believe that this bread has been transformed into Christ’s body by the Holy Spirit. It means I believe in Jesus.
In order to receive the Eucharist, we must make a throne for Jesus with our hands. Our writing hand is placed under the other hand and forms a cup. Keep your hands curved but open so that there is a place for the Minister of the Eucharist to place Jesus.
Use your writing hand (the one underneath the cupped hand) to put Jesus in your mouth. Gently chew and swallow.
Prayer after Communion
After you return to your seat, take the time to say a prayer of thanks to God and or join in the singing. You could also ask him to help you in the coming week to be more like Jesus. Be respectful as others in the church family move forward to receive Jesus.