Great days in the life of a priest!

I think one of my favorite days each year is First Holy Communion!

Today I have the privilege of giving First Holy Communion to 22 of our youngsters, most of whom are 7- or 8-years old. This is always a happy occasion, for family and friends, for the parish, and especially for me.

It almost always makes me misty as I remember my own First Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset, Long Island, New York. I can remember the seriousness and the solemnity of the occasion — Mass was in Latin back then. I remember that the importance of the day was strengthened by the presence of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. Everyone in the family, and lots of close family friends, came out for the occasion. I hope it is the same today for our children here at the Cathedral.

The girls in their white dresses and veils, and the boys all dressed up, reminds us of the importance of this great sacrament and gift of God — the living presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. These little innocent ones make us all feel good as we watch them process into the Cathedral. Then, during the dialogue homily, we smile as we hear their simple answers to very important and complicated questions. Their unquestioning faith makes us think about our own faith and how we profess it, not only in word but in deed — how we live out our lives as Catholic Christians.

I pray for them on this special day, that they will remain close to Christ for the rest of their lives.

Blessings upon all of our first communicants and their families.

The Concho Padre

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