Thursday, April 9, 2020
Dear Parents and First Communicants:
As I write this letter to you, the Church celebrates Holy Thursday – the commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist – The Lord’s Supper. We recall the Last Supper where Jesus gathered with his apostles and disciples to celebrate the Seder Passover meal. At this supper our Lord took bread, blessed it and gave it to his friends saying “Take this all of you and eat of it for this is my body which is given up for you… do this in memory of me.” These words would be familiar to our first communicants who have been preparing for the reception of the Body of Christ for the first time.
Normally we would be celebrating this commemoration around the world, but this Holy Thursday will be different. Our Holy Father Pope Francis and priests around the globe will be presiding at Masses but the church buildings will be empty of people. Due to the covid-19 pandemic the faithful have been instructed by their civic and Church leaders to stay to home, exercise social distancing and not to gather in crowds of any size. These are certainly challenging and trying times. Out of an abundance of caution, our Bishop, Douglas Crosby has directed that all celebrations of First Communion be cancelled through June 30th, 2020. Our parish has thus cancelled or postponed:
- The First Communion Retreat – Tuesday April 21st, 2020 (cancelled)
- The First Communion Mass – Saturday April 25th, 2020 (postponed)
We are currently assessing plans to reschedule the celebration of First Communion and will be communicating these plans to you through our schools and our parish website.
First Communion is one of the highlights of the year for me personally. I never tire of witnessing the excitement and joy of our children as they approach God’s altar for the first time. Witness we shall only a little bit later than originally planned.
Sincerely in Christ
Fr. Malcolm Katzenberger