Sophie made her first communion on Saturday. Such joy!
Since we’re still settling in at our new parish I wasn’t sure how to arrange for first communion. Would they be ok with a strange homeschooling family showing up and wanting a new child to make her first communion? I didn’t want to deal with it just yet and so when I learned my niece was making her first communion this year with the homeschool group, it seemed providential. We’d just combine forces and have the cousins make their communions together. It worked out well.
Even though we live too far away to do very many activities with the group, Sophie already knew several of the children who were there are I knew several more of the families. We know the chaplain well and the parish where the Mass was to take place is my sister-in-law’s parish. So the whole thing felt pretty easy. Of course there were a few more wrinkles than with Bella’s, trying to coordinate things with a larger group.
There were ten children who received their communion. Mass was beautiful. The homeschool children’s choir, which two of my nieces sing in, sang several beautiful hymns and chanted parts of the Mass as well. The Mass was in English but celebrated ad orientem, beautiful, solemn, reverent and joyful.
Sophie was radiant beaming and so very happy. She loves Jesus, is so thrilled to be able to finally receive the Eucharist. She’s my girl who, when we get into theological conversations, sighs and smiles and says, I just love talking about God and heaven!