First Communion Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Shrine
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First Communion Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Shrine

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For the last several months, children of appropriate age have been preparing for the reception of the sacraments of their first Penance and their first Holy Communion at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Shrine under the guidance of Abbé Andrew Bredemann, a seminarian for the Institute of Christ the King.

A child’s first Holy Communion is such an important day in their lives as Catholics, one surely to be remembered forever. I remember mine, which was quite different from the first Communions of all my kids.

I went to a parochial school and made those first sacraments along with my entire class. Our kids are homeschooled, and most have received these two sacraments alone.

My first Communion mass was the novus ordo, or the New Mass since Vatican 2, which is generally more people oriented and wherein, that day, each first communicant made a little presentation during mass. Our kids have made theirs in the Traditional Latin Mass, the mass that existed for nearly all of Catholic history up until the 1960’s, which provides no room or opportunity for such creative endeavors and instead puts God at the center of the liturgy.

I had God placed in my hand like a friend sharing a piece of Bazooka Joe bubble gum with me. Our kids knelt in humility and adoration and received Him, the Author of life, delicately on the tongue as Catholics have for centuries.

The list could go on, I’m sure, but I’ll stop there. What’s important is that tradition is still alive and being handed on to the next generation, which is exactly how the Faith has endured for 2000 years.

These first communicants, of which our youngest son, Victor, was a member, went through a rigorous preparation with Abbé and deserve loads of credit. Congratulations to each one of them on this most joyful moment in their lives!

My archive of photos from the First Holy Communion Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Shrine on June 2, 2024, are below.

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John Volkenant

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