He was the lucky winner of one of the first pews so we all got to sit in front today. I got all emotional as I watched these sweet children file into the church, hands folded, reverent, anticipating what was to come. At the practice last Tuesday the kids were kinda wiggly, but today they were perfect. It's the best age to receive Jesus - when you are seven you are filled with trust, you follow directions, you can sit still, and you are delighted to participate as a reader, greeter, usher, and choir member. Colin helped with the offertory collection. Sister Margaret insisted that there be no photography during the liturgy so the pictures are either before or after mass.
|Grandpa Roy, Colin, and Grandma Theresa|
|Godparents Aunt Marilyn and Uncle John|
|Dad, Colin, Mom and Odie|
The choir sang "Song of the Body of Christ" one of my favorite songs revealing that we all come to share our story, break bread, and know our rising from the dead.
Reflecting on Colin's special day made me think of my own First Communion and how my parents made it a special celebration. I know it was a special occasion because the camera came out!
|Dad, Mom, Theresa, Godparents Jo & Ben Engel|
how Grandma Theresa got all chocked up being honored to give Colin and his classmates the Blood of Christ, and how Colin, filled with the love of Jesus, endured the family photo shoots. Borrowing words from the song, I pray that Colin will find ways to heal the broken, to be hope for the poor and find ways to feed the hungry.
|St. Mary's First Communion Class of 2012|
Colin, the love of Jesus, is a little like the kisses that Odie gives you - Unconditional!