Sophie’s first communion

Looking contemplative. Preparing for the day.

Looking contemplative. Preparing for the day.

This reminds me of how happy Sophie was for Bella at her first communion. Sweet sisters.

This reminds me of how happy Sophie was for Bella at her first communion. Sweet sisters.

Sophie made her first communion on Saturday. Such joy!

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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.

Cousins

Cousins

Procession.

Procession.

Receiving scapulars from Father David.

Receiving scapulars from Father David.

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.

Sisters

Sisters

Happy family. Well, not Anthony.

Happy family. Well, not Anthony.

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!

Feasting.

Feasting.

Sophie with her godmother, Auntie Tree.

Sophie with her godmother, Auntie Tree.

Wearing Auntie Tree's sweater so she can eat meatballs.

Wearing Auntie Tree’s sweater so she can eat meatballs.

Bella eats cake.

Bella eats cake.

Bella and  Ben enjoy dessert.

Bella and Ben enjoy dessert.

Sophie got a rose.

Sophie got a rose.

Sophie shows off her banner.

Sophie shows off her banner.

Sophie received a handpainted Saint Sophia doll.

Sophie received a handpainted Saint Sophia doll.

She wore her dress again to Mass the next day.

She wore her dress again to Mass the next day.

She didn't want to take it off, not even to run.

She didn’t want to take it off, not even to run.

4 Responses to Sophie’s first communion

  1. Patrice May 3, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    Congratulations Sophie!! What a lovely day. Beautiful pictures
    (Hope all your sick family members recover quickly – the weather has finally turned nice and after the winter we’ve had it’s a shame anyone is sick for the first nice days!!)

    • Melanie Bettinelli May 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      Thank you. Bella is mostly better and the boys are on the mend. This one seems to take five or six days. Fortunately Sophie and Lucy haven’t succumbed yet. I’m praying it will miss them completely.

  2. Enbrethiliel May 5, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    +JMJ+

    Blessings to Sophie! What a lovely day for a lovely girl!

    “I just love talking about God and Heaven.” What a great grace! =)

  3. M.E. May 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Sophie looks lovely! She’s growing up fast! Congratulations to everyone on her special day.
    She looks beautiful in her dress, and so does Bella!

    P.S. – Glad to know you received the books and that the children were thrilled. So sorry to know there’s been sickness running through your house. Praying everyone is alright again.

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