Saturday, May 2, 2015

Retreat

I'm a Monday through Friday blogger but I'm breaking my own rules today. I just have to blog today and remember, remember, remember what I felt.

I need to start by saying I love our church. Love our parish. I love being Catholic with ever fiber of my being.

Today was a very special day. And it was also the most beautiful Mass (yes, I say that a lot) ever. Today was not Abigail's First Communion. That is next weekend. It was her First Communion Retreat Day. And it was wonderful.

Can I just start with my favorite photo of the day. The end of Mass and she is processing out with the cross. Be. Still. My. Heart.

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Now, we started at 9 am... I didn't take many pictures because I was on kitchen duty. And it was so much fun being with all of those Moms. I had such a fun day! While I was doing that Abigail was going from station to station. She learned about how and why Jesus broke the bread. And then they made bread.

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She learned about the parts of the Mass.

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She shared her banner for First Communion (I'll have to take a picture of that next weekend... just couldn't today) and then made one little part of the alter cloth for next weekend.

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The children had snacks and lunch and more snacks.

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They sang and learned new songs for the Mass today and for their First Communion Mass next weekend.

(she was REALLY into the singing)
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And then the 4:00 Mass today... it was breathtaking. I never want to forget...

~all of the (next weekend) First Communion children on the alter during the Eucharistic prayer

~listening to them singing "You are the vine, we are the branches... keep us abiding in you..."

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~and then parents were asked to lay hands on their child's head. And thank God for the gift of their child. It was silent, and powerful, and oh I cried.

~and then Abigail had to hands on Scott and I while she prayed a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing for us.

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At the end of Mass we all went over to the Franciscan Center for a Potluck dinner and indoor picnic.

This is my daughter and this is my Goddaughter. I love them both so much.
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My baby just had her last Mass not receiving... and we are so excited for her. Next weekend she will 'come to the table of the Lord'

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4 comments:

  1. So excited for Abigail! What a beautiful Catholic church. I will keep all of you in my prayers this week as Abigail prepares to make her First Holy Communion.

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  2. Yes yesterday day along with next Saturday is a day you want to remember forever. I still have memories of my first communion..it is a big day in the Catholic Church. I will be praying for all of you as you prepare for next saturday❤️

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  3. How exciting! We will keep you all in our prayers on this blessed occasion!

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  4. So precious and what a big day that is going to be!
    Many Blessings,
    Jill

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