The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: If you have a family member at home who is seriously sick or has been admitted to the hospital or is in danger of death, please do not hesitate to call the office so that the office staff can inform the priests. If it is an emergency situation, please call Fr. Michael’s cell phone 585-
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Baptisms: Notify parish office to request baptisms. Parents are required to attend a pre-baptism class. Godparents must provide a letter of recommendation.
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7 Tips for Keeping the “Holy” in First Holy Communion
My second grader is preparing to make his First Holy Communion next week. It is such an honor to be able to help your child get ready to receive Jesus for the first time. I know that Tobias is very excited about the Sacrament, but several times over these last few weeks I have caught him day dreaming aloud about buying a pair of LeBrons or an Xbox with the money from his First Communion party. Last year, he sat and watched as his older brother opened card after card filled with generous gifts and now he knows his turn is coming. How do you keep an eight year old focused on Jesus during this time? Here are a few tips that we hope will help!
1. Lead by example. If you are more focused on the dress/suit, the cake and the party, than it follows that your child will be focused on those things as well. You must be the example for your son or daughter. Turn your attention on preparing your hearts, minds, and souls for this special day. Don’t stress about the minor details of a party or spend all your energy on things of this world. Your guests are not expecting a home in perfect order. They will be happy that more work has been put into getting ready for the sacrament than getting your house ready for a big party. Take time in your own life to study the meaning of the Eucharist and reignite your own passion for this gift. We suggest reflecting on John 6 during your personal prayer time in the weeks leading up to your child’s First Holy Communion.
2. Share stories. Take the time to sit with your family and share special stories of the Eucharist. You could start by recalling your own First Holy Communion or about a time when you received the Eucharist that was very memorable. Share stories about the Saints and the power of the Eucharist. Our family loves The Miracle of St. Anthony and the Donkey as well as the story of St. Clare showing the Sacred Host and turning away the attack of the Saracen soldiers. It may also be helpful to draw some parallels for your children from the stories of the Old Testament that help us to understand why Jesus comes to us as the Bread of Life. If you need a refresher course on this, Dr. Brant Pitre has an excellent teaching titled “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist” available for download here.