God has a hidden plan for the world. In this plan God sent Jesus to invite all people to share in his kingdom, which we call heaven.
It is a hidden plan, because God uses things we can see, can touch, or can taste to let us share in what is hidden - things we cannot see, cannot touch, or cannot taste. In other words, God uses things ...[more]
For some mothers the period of spring means the period of Communion. How many of you are in this situation?
If you are struggling with questions such as: how many people to invite, where to have lunch, which favors choose and what communion dress to buy for their children and are looking for advice on how to organize the party after the ceremo...[more]
We are in the period of first communions, and the kids who are going to be very excited to receive this sacrament.
Especially for girls, this is also an opportunity to feel the real princesses, accepting Jesus into their hearts and celebrating this event.
The elegant dress has become a must for the ceremony of First Communion girls and the choice...[more]
Caravan dwellers, Sinti and Roma spend a lot of time and attention to the first communion. It is a major event. The preparations are now increasingly from the parishes place, whether or not in conjunction with the Catholic schools. Of caravans, Sinti and Roma children are invited to participate. If they, for whatever reason, can not partici...[more]
We turn to you to tell you important dates and some practical notes on preparation and celebration of First Communion.
- Saturday, May 24 at the church from 15:00 to 16:00 there will be the immediate preparation for Mass for First Communion. At 16.00 there will be Confessions for children and relatives.
- Sunday, M...[more]
The next Saturday, Maria and Riley were really looking forward to their First Communion class. What clues, they wondered, would be uncovered to help them solve the Mystery of the Eucharist?
"Good morning children," began Father Hugo with a twinkle in his eye. "Before Ms. Kelly joins us for your lesson, we have some unfini...[more]
The big heavy doors swung open, giving up a squeak. Maria and Riley peeked inside. They had both been to church hundreds of times before, but always with their families. This time was different. They were entering on their own in communion dresses, on their way to the first class to prepare for their First Holy Communion.
"Good Morning class. My name is Deacon Paul. Ms. Kelly invited me to talk to you about prayer related to first communion. Now, who can tell me why we pray?" asked Deacon Paul.
All the hands shot up as each child was sure he or she knew the answer to this question. Some of the responses Deacon Paul heard were:
The First Communion class had gathered for another Saturday morning lesson. Ms. Kelly was telling the children that in the next several weeks they would be learning more about the Mass and the Eucharist. In fact, Father Hugo would join them if his schedule allowed.
Suddenly organ music filled the church!
The children jumped up out o...[more]
On the first Friday of every month, Maria and Riley went to church with their parents to attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Up until today, it seemed to Maria and Riley that this was just something they did as families and friends, kind of like going to the movies together. But somehow today it was different.
At last! The day to receive their First Holy Communion had arrived. The girls in their beautiful white communion dresses and veils, and boys in their handsome suits, white shirts, and ties, were gathering in the vestibule of the church. The parents, family members, and other parishioners were being seated. The sanctuary had been decorated w...[more]
Next week, Charlie and his friend Pete will receive Jesus in their first Holy Communion. Their families will be there. Aunt Cindy will be there, too. Charlie and Pete are ready. They've been learning about the Mass, and about Jesus. Just like you!
Going to Mass is a little like climbing a beautiful mountain. There's a lot to see...[more]
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass agains...[more]
Hi，Olivia!" I say to my classmate. "I like your dress."
"Thanks, Justin. You look nice, too."
Hi! My name is Justin. This is where I go to church.
Today is a very special day for me. I've been preparing for it for a long time. Today I am celebrating my First Holy Communion. This means I am going to invite Jesus into my heart i...[more]
Charlie goes to Mass with his family every Sunday. His mom, dad, and older sister receive Holy Communion.
Charlie goes to the altar with them and gets a blessing. Charlie can't wait to receive Jesus, just like everyone else.
How about you?
What do you like to do with your family? Draw a picture of your family d...[more]
Aunt Cindy has set the table for Charlie and the guests at her party. She put a little gift at each spot for each person.
At the Last Supper, Jesus gave his friends a special gift. First he told them how much he cared for them, and that he would be with them always. Then Jesus took some bread. He blessed it and broke it.
He took a c...[more]
Charlie found the perfect gift for Aunt Cindy. It's an iced tea glass with her favorite baseball team logo. And guess what. Charlie found it at a garage sale. Do you think Aunt Cindy will like her gift?
At Mass, we bring gifts of bread and wine to the altar. We share our own gifts with our Church family at the collection. We thank God f...[more]
Charlie wants to surprise Aunt Cindy with a gift, but he doesn't know what to get.
"What does Aunt Cindy like to do?，' Charlie's mom asks.
"She likes baseball," Charlie says. "And garage sales. And iced tea."
"You know a lot about Aunt Cindy," his mom says. "I can tell you love her!"
When we love people, we want to know th...[more]