At the beginning of this school year, when asked about what she was most looking forward to, her answer was receiving communion. So excited, in fact, that I agreed to teach the second grade religious education class at our church. So excited that even though she is being taught the same material at her school, she came to class with me every Sunday so that she could make her First Communion in the same parish that I made mine. She was glowing with that excitement on Sunday... and maybe just a little nervous.
She had the honor of reading the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
We are all so grateful that our large family and many friends were able to celebrate this day with us including grandparents, Godparents and even Monsignor who gave her the blessed sacrament.
The cousin away at college even remembered to call.
Grandma, of course, made a lovely cake topped with one of the two cake toppers that was on my sisters' cake. Being twins, however, no one was quite sure which twin it belonged to! I was pretty sure I had one of these toppers as well.
It gives me such joy that Eleanor truly understands what it is to receive the Holy Eucharist. She radiated the light of that special moment throughout the entire day.