Easter blessings and joy!
Entering the Easter season is always an exciting and busy time in the parish! It quickly becomes Sacrament season - baptisms abound, weddings are celebrated, our Confirmation Candidates receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and your child prepares to receive the Eucharist for the first time in Holy Communion!
Such incredible blessings at the parish can occasionally intersect – as is the case for next Saturday – we are blessed to be celebrating a wedding, baptism, and your child’s First Communion retreat. Clearly these celebrations cannot take place at the same time in the same location. As originally hoped, we plan take our children offsite for their retreat and God has provided the opportunity! The retreat will go on with our generous host, St. Anthony’s in Milan. Arrival time will be 11:00 am and the retreat will conclude at 2:30 pm.
To conclude our retreat, we will create First Communion banners. The parish is providing kits and a materials list of what is included is attached to this letter. Please feel free to bring anything your child would like to add to their banner! We also ask that you bring a pair of scissors with you as well. We do have many pairs but having your own will cut down on sharing. We will provide plenty of glue, glitter, templates to use etc. Finally, we ask that only one parent attend per child, due to reduced capacity guidelines.
You may have noticed that in ending the retreat with the banner creation we are not ending the retreat with First Reconciliation. It is important to me that our students have ample time to receive the sacrament, that the sacrament be received in our parish, and that as many family members as you would like can attend with your child. With that in mind our final session (which you may remember was to be a “pick up and take-home session”) on May 26th will be our First Reconciliation. We will meet at 6:00 pm in the church and families will be free to leave when they are finished. We will have your take home project for you to pick up as well.
I am very much looking forward to welcoming Dr. John Wood and his family to present our retreat next Saturday! As always please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns, my contact information is below.
Pastoral Associate of Evangelization and Faith Formation
Phone: 419-668-6044 ext. 232