Recently, and yes a little late, I had the privilege of watching my little girl go through the process of First Holy Communion. Even though I felt a little ashamed that I was not diligent in keeping up with my Catholic duties, I want to think that God would have said to me, “Donna, though you might have been late, better late on the right path then taking the wrong one and never finding your way at all…” Okay, so maybe in my imagination, but hey, it makes me feel better to think he would have so I will stick to that analogy!
Thankfully, our local parish was very nice about it and since we missed the normal May timeline, I was allowed to spend the entire Summer as my daughter’s Religious teacher. We reviewed the books we were given in order to prepare her for the next phase after Baptism… Reconciliation and the Eucharist. It was both a reawakening for me and a new beginning for my daughter. I must say, even though I was a little disappointed she didn’t get to go through this process with a group of her peers, I am glad that I was able to take this journey with her. All of her questions and curiosity made me revisit a piece of my past that I had once written off on a page in my book and put aside out of disillusionment? Until we stumbled upon our new neighborhood church, I felt lost and misplaced in my faith if that makes sense. But now, I have found it again, thanks to my daughter and our new church family and feel blessed to be able to once again have not only a soulful connection to my faith, but a physical placement in Gods church as well.
Overall, it was a beautiful ceremony and being the only child receiving, my daughter’s day was even more special as she was singled out and the whole congregation got to experience in her joy as if she were their own. It was one of those “once in a life” events that we all experience – that special part in our lives – which we won’t be able to go back and duplicate, but will stay in our memories forever.
Since, as we know, I am also a photographer, I was able to sneak a few pictures before the ceremony began and wanted to share a few with you so you too can pretend to have taken that journey with us.