Celebrating first communion - pictures from around the diocese
CHARLOTTE — Six children at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Charlotte celebrated their first holy Communion on May 19. Pictured with Capuchin Franciscan Father Martin Schratz, pastor, are (from left) K'mya Bond, Chinecherem Ezechukwu, Godwin Nsianya, Spencer Pope, Brook Carter and Chimdindu Oduh.
— Photo provided by Our Lady of Consolation Church
MAGGIE VALLEY — Children at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Maggie Valley celebrated their first holy Communion May 6. Pictured are (front row, from left): First Communicants Joseph Lormand, Kayden Mallette, Martin Tox, Ryan Quigley and Trinity Wenzel; and (back row, from left) Steven Wenzel (altar server), Erin Peterson (cross bearer), Father Richard Benonis (pastor) and Thomas Graham (altar server).
— Photo provided by Betsy McLeod
CHARLOTTE — During two recent Masses, 135 children celebrated their first holy Communion at St. John Neumann Church in Charlotte.
— Photos provided by Meredith Paul and iphotoclassic
CHARLOTTE — Several youths who participated in the Special Religious Development (SPRED) program made their first holy Communion at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Charlotte April 21. They were joined by other youth from their families who received their first Communion at the same Mass. Celebrating the sacrament were (pictured above with Father Joshua Voitus, parochial vicar) Veronica Guzman, Michelle Ramon, Brandon Morales, Mariano Ramon and Gerardo Guerra, and Zaid Ramon (not pictured).
They were prepared by parish catechists Karen Devore, Gina Freile, Jackie Villacura, Helen Williams and Katelyn Townsend, as well as Jan Clemens, who brought the SPRED program to the Charlotte area and who has worked closely with the catechists.
— Photo provided by Ruben Tamayo
BOONE — Children at St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Church in Boone celebrated first holy Communion May 6. Pictured with the first Communicants is Father David Brzoska, pastor.
— Amber Mellon, Catholic News Herald
MONROE — More than 100 children made their first holy Communion May 12 during two Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Monroe. Pictured are Father Tom Kessler and 39 first Communicants after Mass May 12, and the 70 additional first Communicants following the second Mass.
— Photos provided by Donna Gagne and Vonn Stone
FROM THE PASTORS
Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy