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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Dakota Dunes recently held First Communion. Members are Titus Charter, Teryne Bauman, Jaxon Hennies, Veronica Morales, Jessica Hersom, Sofia Schauff, Camden Krysl, Joey Shockman, Sofia Morales and Kiara Dean .
Students at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Point recently received their First Communion. Participating were Hayden Smith, Benjamin Swatek, Sophia Giorgio, Alicen Colt, Jordan Swanson, Alyssa Chytka, Caleb Niles, Lucas Hueser, Jackson Prouty, Ravyn Anderson, Patrick Kastning, Grace Schuh and Gavin Jacobs.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Teresa Giudice and her family celebrated daughter Gabriella’s first communion over the weekend and Teresa posted numerous photos from the event on her official website yesterday. Noticeably absent from Gabriella’s big day were Melissa and Joe Gorga (as well as most of the rest of Teresa’s RHONJ cast mates) because their daughter Antonia was celebrating her first communion the same day!
“It’s First Communions season!” Teresa announced in a blog entry titled Gabriella’s First Communion. “Last weekend was my goddaughter and niece Olivia’s First Communion, and this weekend it was both Gabriella’s and my niece Antonia’s.”
Both communion events appeared to be joyful and surprisingly drama free, but that all changed thanks to Teresa’s statement in her blog, “Of course we wish we were able to go to Antonia’s just like my brother and Melissa wished they could come to Gabriella’s, but we belong to different parishes and couldn’t control the dates. What can you do?”
Melissa Gorga then took to Twitter and clarified by writing, “Despite all the crazy rumors out there, Teresa and I DO belong to the same church and our children both had communions on the same day.”
There was a bit of a Twitter bruhaha after that, which culminated with a mea culpa by Teresa earlier today:
And sorry about the typo in my blog yesterday! I’m running around with my book tour and I wanted to get some of Gabriella’s First Communion pics up in a hurry and I left out the word “don’t” in my blog post. I meant to type “we DON’T belong to different parishes and couldn’t control the dates…” If we went to different churches, there was a chance the First Communions would have been on different dates, but we go to the same church, so it was the same day. Wish we could have gone to Antonia’s, but both girls looked like angels in their beautiful dresses and my parents were SO happy to be at both parties! xx
It was later confirmed that both girls did participate in communion at the same church on the same day, they just had parties at different locations. It’s not known why they couldn’t have at least posed for one photo together at the church, especially with Melissa and Teresa supposedly getting along now. But I digress…
“My poor parents of course hussled to make it to both,” Teresa said of her and Joe Gorga’s mom and dad Antonia and Giacinto Gorga (seen above with Gabriella). “I’m so glad they could. Grandparents are so important!”
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Teresa typically goes all-out for parties especially when it comes to her kids, but since Gabriella wanted something “really simple,” Teresa toned things down — at least according to her.
“After the church ceremony, we went to a restaurant that was decorated with blue, green and white. I had face painters and balloon artists and tons of kids activities and Gabriella was able to be herself and run around,” Teresa reveals. “I even let her get her face painted while she was in her beautiful dress! But that’s how she is and I want her to be true to herself. After the party when we were walking in the parking lot, she said to me, “Mama, thank you for my party. It was the best day ever!”
All photos: Teresa Giudice and Michael Todd
– 13 May 2013
A RUGBY-loving eight-year-old who was killed after being struck by a jeep was set to make his first communion this weekend.
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Ben Markey of Myshall, Co Carlow, died after the tragic incident in the car park of Enniscorthy Rugby Club.
The second-class pupil was seriously injured and was rushed to Wexford General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
His parents, Tony and Gillian, will bury him after a funeral service in Bunclody tomorrow.
His father Tony told the Irish Independent that his only son had recently started playing rugby with Enniscorthy’s under-nine’s team.
“He loved sport, the whole social aspect of it,” he recalled. “That’s why he loved rugby. He loved the matches in New Ross and Kilkenny and Carlow and all of this. He was the life and soul of the party.”
The family had been attending the club’s annual awards ceremony last week where Ben had picked up a medal for his contribution to the team.
“After that he asked me if he could go out to the car to get a rugby ball because he wanted a kickaround with the lads. Unfortunately, I let him go out on his own and he got knocked over by a car in the car park.”
Mr Markey said: “There’s an investigation under way and that’s all we know.
“We’re not looking to apportion any blame or anything.”
Club chairman Rory Fanning said last night that the club extended “its sincere sympathy to the family of the young boy who tragically lost his life in an accident at the club”.
Mr Markey said his son was a big Leinster supporter, adding: “He was making his communion in Bunclody next Saturday and I had bought him a high set of goalposts because he wanted to practise his place kicking. Unfortunately, I never got to tell him that. It was going to be a surprise on Saturday.”
The family moved to their home in the Co Carlow countryside just over two years ago. “He loved it. We were always telling him get down off the rocks, get out of the water, get out of this and that, doing typical lad stuff, you know.”
Gardai have urged witnesses to the incident to call Enniscorthy garda station on 053-9242580.
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:00 am
Celebrating First Communion
We are gathered as a family unit at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church to watch great-granddaughter Kamille Erikson, 8, receive First Communion. Goooooo, Kamille!
First Communion in our faith is like a rite of passage for little toots around 7 or 8 years of age. They study hard, and behave themselves, for a number of months leading up to the big moment.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:00 am.
A family affair! Melissa Gorga and Joe Gorga of the Real Housewives of New Jersey feted daughter Antonia, 7, with a huge party to celebrate her first holy communion on Saturday, May 11.
Melissa, 34, showed nothing but pride for her daughter, tweeting pictures of Antonia’s communion day look — a white, custom-made Elena do Vale dress, complete with a veil.
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“Look at my baby girl!” Melissa wrote.
The Bravo reality star, who famously feuded with sister-in-law Teresa Giudice during the show’s third and fourth season, looked just as stylish for the big day. Wearing a cream-colored dress paired with camel-colored heels, Melissa posed happily with husband Joe and their three kids together — Antonia and sons, Gino and Joey.
After the church service, fellow housewives Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Joe’s cousin Kathy Wakile, and other party guests were on hand to celebrate at the Manzo family’s Brownstone catering hall.
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The party — complete with a DJ, dancing and a photo booth for guests to take pictures in — was a fun-filled day for Antonia.
Noticeably absent from the communion celebration was the Giudice family, but Melissa told Us Weekly two days before the bash that there’s a drama-free explanation.
“Gabriella [one of Teresa's four daughters) is making hers [communion] at the same time, same church!” she said. “We’re both having parties at the same time, so unfortunately, we’re not going to each other’s parties.”
She continued, “Nobody wants to re-dress their kid another day, and go through the party a week later. Nobody really wants to do that. It just happened to land this way.”
Melissa explained that her in-laws, (Teresa’s parents) had plans to make it to both girls’ parties, so neither Antonia or Gabriella would miss out.
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“Joe’s parents are coming to both, yes,” she told Us. “They’re going to come to both of our parties. It’s not because we’re not getting along. It’s not that!”
In fact, Melissa hinted to Us that things between she and Teresa have been steadily improving.
“I’m gonna make sure I go over, and see Gabriella and give her a hug and a kiss before [the church service],” she said. “Hopefully we can get the girls to get a couple pictures together!”
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The pews were packed at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence Park as 18 third-graders shuffled just outside the front doors in dark suits and white dresses. When the music began inside, each child, carrying a gift to the altar, walked past family and friends snapping photos to begin their first communion service.
Religious education facilitator Geri Hadlock, 53, worked with the group for months preparing the youngsters for the service.
“Prior to their first communion, they receive a blessing during the service, but now they can participate fully. We tell them they need to be reverent, that this is just the beginning and we’d like to see them every Sunday,” Hadlock said.
“They all ask, ‘Will it taste different?’ when we tell them the consecrated bread and wine is the body and blood of Christ,” Hadlock said.
“We also try to pair kids with Eucharistic ministers that are family members — the kids think that’s a big deal when they’re offered the cup by a grandparent or an aunt or uncle.”
While reading from Acts, chapter 4, Miracle Froehlich wore the same dress with long lace sleeves that her mother DeAnna, 31, wore back in 1988. Miracle, so named because of her early birth, told her mom she loves being able to wear the dress.
After the children took the host and cup, they stood together for group photographs, as loved ones captured the moment.
More than 400 Erie-area children celebrated their first communion this year.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga had something heartwarming to celebrate on Saturday–her adorable daughter Antonia’s First Communion!
Antonia, 7, appeared at her communion party in the traditional white dress and veil after her Catholic Church ceremony. The First Communion is a person’s first reception of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and is usually accompanied by large family parties.
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And the Gorgas, of course, celebrate big! Antonia smiled and held her dad Joe Gorga‘s hand as Melissa made a speech about her daughter to the large crowd of friends and family members. Later, the three cut Antonia’s cake and Melissa and Joe danced together.
Melissa and Joe’s two sons, Gino and Joey, enjoyed cotton candy and popcorn at the kids’ themed bash. And RHONJ beauty Melissa, stunning in a mini dress and high heels, was so happy, she even played with a hula hoop!
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Melissa’s fellow housewives Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, and Kathy Wakile were on hand to cheer Antonia on her special day.
Although Melissa’s sister-in-law and RHONJ co-star Teresa Giudice isn’t in the pictures, don’t read too much into that!
Teresa was celebrating her own daughter Gabriella’s First Communion on the same day! On Friday, Teresa Tweeted, “Big family day tomorrow-it’s Gabriella’s First Communion! She looks like an angel in her dress. I’ll send pics. XX”
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Meanwhile, on Saturday, Melissa excitedly shared a professional First Communion photo portrait of Antonia sitting in a white chair via Twitter and gushed, “Look at my baby girl!”
By Catholic News Service
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CNS) — Confined to Strong Memorial Hospital as he waits for a heart transplant, Timothy Day of Kenmore, N.Y., wasn’t going to be able to attend his 8-year-old daughter Erin’s first Communion.
So Erin decided the celebration of the Eucharist should come to him.
“I gave her the choice if she wanted to go through with her class or have it here with me, and she said she wanted to do it with me, and that’s pretty special,” said Day, who has been living at the hospital for nearly two months.
“The most special part was just being with my dad,” Erin told the Catholic Courier, newspaper of the Rochester Diocese, in a telephone interview after the Mass April 26.
Several weeks ago, staff at the family’s parish, St. Paul in Kenmore, in the Buffalo Diocese, approached the Rochester Diocese to see if a priest would be available to celebrate a first Communion Mass in the Interfaith Chapel at the hospital.
They were told it would be possible if they were willing to have the first Communion on a Friday, and if they would be willing to have Retired Bishop Matthew H. Clark of Rochester celebrate the Mass. Day also received the sacrament of the sick during the Mass.
Both the Day family and Bishop Clark said the honor was all theirs.
“I am going to go home a happy man for having experienced your company,” Bishop Clark said during the Mass.
Day, a Tonawanda, N.Y., police officer, said the Mass was special not only to have taken place, but to have included the participation of Bishop Clark.
“I think somebody upstairs was pulling strings for us,” he said.
In a telephone interview after the Mass, Sherry Brinser-Day, Day’s wife and Erin’s mother, said the Mass so far exceeded their expectations that the event almost felt surreal. But the family was honored that everyone thought so highly of them to attend, she said.
“We want to make the best memories we can in the midst of all the trials we are going through,” Brinser-Day said. “I am overjoyed at the outpouring of support. I am floored.”
The event also included a large contingent of family, including Erin’s younger siblings Clare, 6, and Henry, 4; representatives of St. Paul Parish; hospital chaplains and personnel; a flock of local journalists; and a choir of local college students from the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music and Rochester Institute of Technology who skipped end-of-semester activities to attend.
To all of them, Bishop Clark spoke about the importance of drawing the community through the Eucharist.
“I know (Erin) is honored by your presence and draws strength from your company,” Bishop Clark said. “We are companions along the journey, trying to draw strength from each other in our faith.”
The bishop noted that all are subject to the frailty of the human condition and that the faithful draw healing and nourishment from the Eucharist.
“None of us owns tomorrow,” he said. “We don’t own our health.”
That point is keenly noted by Day, who is one of 43 people hospitalized or at home waiting for a heart transplant through Strong Memorial Hospital. He was diagnosed in October with an autoimmune disorder, which damaged his internal organs, including his heart.
He said the hospital staff has been very accommodating, which has made his long-term stay easier.
“They are doing this for me this afternoon,” he said about the first Eucharist Mass. “They have gone above and beyond. I consider that a blessing that I have such great caregivers.”
The following is a letter from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria.
As part of our diocesan celebration for the Year of Faith, I am inviting all the children of the Diocese of Peoria who have received First Holy Communion in their parishes during 2013 to a special Mass of Thanksgiving in their honor. Please join me at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 607 N.E. Madison Avenue, Peoria, on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 4 p.m.
First Communicants are also invited to wear their Communion dresses, veils, suits, etc. Due to some other celebrations in the cathedral earlier that day, seating for this event will begin at 3 p.m. Please do not plan to arrive any earlier.
The celebration of First Communion truly becomes a family event, touching the lives of siblings, parents, grandparents and the larger family of the Church. It is my hope that all of you will join me, together with other diocesan families, to give thanks for this gift of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist.
As your bishop, let me join you in thanking God for the gift of your First Holy Communion! I am truly filled with â€œfatherlyâ€� joy with you and for you. I look forward to celebrating with you at the cathedral.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC
Bishop of Peoria