Three receive First Communion at St. Joseph’s

  • First Communion at St. Joseph’s Church in Shelburne Falls. Left to right: Scarlott Shea, Nina Holan, Fr. Tony Cullen and Caiden Manning. Contributed photo

Friday, May 12, 2017

SHELBURNE FALLS — Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, fellow parishioners and classmates welcomed Nina Holan, Caiden Manning and Scarlott Shea, students in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) program at St. Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls, into the Church on May 7, when they received their First Communion.

The Sacrament of First Communion is a very significant milestone in a young Catholic’s life with the Church. It is when the Church recognizes that a child has developed a conscience and is now old enough to acknowledge the significance of the Eucharist. In the Catholic Church, the Eucharist is the transubstantiation of the bread and wine, which is the changing of the species into the Body and Blood of Jesus; which He offered to the Apostles at the Last Supper.

To receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, students must (1) have been baptized and (2) made their First Reconciliation. First Reconciliation, which grants the forgiveness of Jesus, was celebrated on April 30, 2017 at Saint Joseph Church.

The First Penance and First Communion celebrations were officiated by Rev. Anthony F. Cullen.