- Aug 6, 2020
For many religious families across the United States, the coronavirus has disrupted their most anticipated traditions – the rites of passage that mark their adolescent children’s full entry into their congregations.
May is the month many eagerly await because it is the time many children receive first holy Communion. Sadly, this year the coronavirus has made pastors postpone this momentous milestone in the spiritual lives of waiting first communicants.
Opening his second day in Bulgaria, Pope Francis offered First Communion to some 200 children from across the nation, telling them that to receive the sacrament is both a miracle and a celebration of the fact that Jesus wants to be close to them in friendship.
For decades, to put “pope” and “Bulgaria” into the same sentence was to summon thoughts of tragedy and conspiracy in the wake of the 1981 assassination attempt against St. John Paul II, however, Pope Francis’s upcoming visit seems destined to set a different tone.
A Latin-rite diocese in New Hampshire has begun the process of restoring the reception of the sacraments to the traditional order of baptism, confirmation and first Holy Communion. The goal is to make sure Catholics understand that formation in the Catholic faith is “lifelong.”
First Holy Communion is a monumental day for young Catholics. For parents who want their kids to look their best, we compiled the best fashions for the big day. Rules vary from parish to parish, diocese to diocese — do the boys have to wear all white or not? — but there