Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mary's first communion

Mary received her first holy communion today. On the feast of Divine Mercy, and the day of John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized. Pretty special day for the whole world! It was really beautiful to hear Father, during the collect, mention Saint John Paul II and John XXIII, for the first time. It made me get all choked up. I glanced back quickly and met eyes with my own John-Paul who is so excited about this day. Fred and I argued about naming him John-Paul while I was pregnant with him, as Fred said we should name him after a Pope, and I said we should name him after a saint. 16+ years later, we have done both! (And my sister Angela was named after Angelo Roncalli and so she is also officially named after a saint today as well!)
Grandma and Grandpa were here to celebrate the special day with Mary and so I'll post a mess of pictures, which will be better than me yammering on. We headed to the Grotto of Lourdes in the afternoon to pray the mercy chaplet, light a few candles for my cousin Steven, and celebrate the day in the sunshine.It was really special!
by our little backyard grotto
Our first girl holy communion
So happy Gram and Grandpa were here!
Daddy's girl
Mary and Pete

only a few more minutes!
with her 20 classmates
Fr. Holiday
Andy and Mary

party time!
Yes, The dress came off BEFORE she ate the cake!
Getting ready to visit the shrine
prayers for Steven
The statue had the right name already!
God is good
Ending the day with ice cream!

1 comment:

  1. I think it looks amazing. I'm not sure I would have had the patience that you had though!