Thursday, July 10, 2014

Little Man's First Holy Communion

We had such a FANTASTIC holiday weekend, but the BIGGEST and BESTEST of all was little man receiving his First Holy Communion!



And Grammy was here for his special day!


The pastor of our parish allows homeschoolers to have private First Holy Communions if they so desire.  I appreciate that!  It allowed us to work around Grammy's travel plans.

(Little man with his bestie after 8am Mass.)

We had a dinner party for him later in the day.

The dessert table ::



Layered chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling and butter cream frosting.  (www.sweetartbakery.com)



Vanilla cupcakes with butter cream frosting.  (www.sweetartbakery.)


Brownie bites with cream cheese frosting.  (Miss Sally)


And since July 6 was also the feast of St. Maria Goretti, (my Confirmation saint), Miss Ester made chocolate crosses with lilies.


St. Maria Goretti is usually depicted with lilies, a sign of purity, and since little man had just gone to confession and received his FHC, we thought the white crosses with lilies were a perfect addition!

The dinner menu ::

Shredded Italian Beef sandwiches (cooked the day before in a crock pot) - Recipe here.

Shredded BBQ Pork sandwiches (cooked the day before in a crock pot) - Recipe here.

David's Cole Slaw - Recipe here.

Summer Berry Salad - Recipe coming soon!

Pasta Salad - Grammy made, recipe coming soon!


Water labels found here.


He had such a wonderful day!

God bless Samuel!

~  Patty  ~

24 comments:

  1. Hi Patty! You made a jaw-dropping table for your Little Man. Wow! All that blue and white, just gorgeous. The cake and the cookies look just stunning. What a wonderful, faithful Mom you are! And hurrah for Grandma, adding to the specialness of the day.
    What a blessing our faith is.
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you, Ceil. Samuel picked out that cake off of pinterest. I think he did a pretty good job doing so ;) Grammy made the day extra special!

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  2. Patty...
    Congratulations to your sweet young son on such a special day!
    You made such a beautiful day for him...
    And you looked stunning as usual!
    So awesome that your priest offers that to home schooling families.
    I shall look into that.
    Question? Did he study with you to prepare, or go to CCD?
    And your recipes are delicious of course.
    Love, your biggest fan. : )

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    1. Thank you, Billie Jo. As active Catholic homeschoolers, (active in our parish), our pastor (and previous pastors) recognize how much more our children are learning about their faith from the Baltimore Catechism education they receive at home versus what other children are learning in the religious education program at church. Praise God! Not all priests recognize this. So for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and FHC, we are given permission to educate at home. They do ask that our children participate in a minimum way in the Confirmation program. For that particular sacrament, which is a two year prep down here, the kids attend the classes for second year only. Again, they see the material that our children are studying from and know that these children are years ahead in what the CCD programs are teaching. It would be compared to sending a parochial student to CCD once a week. We do NOT have a parochial school in our immediate area and our city has a population of 149,000 people! (Sad) The homeschoolers take part in the Confirmation as to be part of the community of adults, or learning to be an adult, in addition to being more involved in the parish. But I must add, I notice that the homeschool "teens" are THE MOST active in OUR parish life before, during, and after the Sacrament of Confirmation - not sure how that insight stands in other parishes across the country. I think it depends on the priest, parents, and if there is a parochial school attached to the parish. Again, this is how it is done and what is witnessed in our parish. Hope that answers your questions. PS - when a new pastor arrives, we always have a sit down meeting and bring our religious education books, and then received permission. It is never to be taken for granted.

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  3. God bless your First Communicant! He looks a happy guy!

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. He was SO happy :)

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  4. Love the little details you added to the spread. Congrats to your not-so-little-anymore-man ;)

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    1. Thank you! He is still beaming! ;)

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    2. I KEEP forgetting to ask you if you have a blog that I could follow??? I apologize for being so remiss. :)

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    3. Thanks for asking! I'm actually a newbie to blogging, but you are welcome to follow! conceivinghope.blogspot.com

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  5. Woo-hoo! Congratulations to Stan. I am so happy it was such a great day for him. That family picture is so beautiful. Glad your mom was there to share the joy.

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! He acted like a pro, especially since he's been shadowing the alter servers since last March. When Father motioned him up toward the alter, he never hesitated.

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  6. Congrats to Mr. Handsome, Stan!! It looks like it was a perfectly wonderful day and to have a priest that understands/supports your homeschool family is extra wonderful. The food looks absolutely delicious and the décor, as always, you did an extraordinary job for a very memorable day.

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    1. Mr Handsome. Ha ha! He sure was, wasn't he? Little boys in sport jackets are adorable, aren't they!

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  7. Congratulations, Stan! Mom said she had tears welling during his ceremony. He was so sweet! Your table and party looked amazing and mom had a blast. That cake is stunning!

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    1. I'm glad she enjoyed herself. I know my mom had a nice time visiting her and Kye. David mentioned that after Mass, when she came up toward the front to congratulate little man, she had tears in her eyes :)

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  8. What a special day!! Congratulations to your sweet boy!! Those desserts look amazing....mouth watering!!

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    1. Thanks, Jamie Jo. I think my favorite thing about parties is any cake that is left over...I could eat it three times a day!

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  9. I love First Holy Communions! Glad his special day was even more special with Grandma in attendance. As always, you throw a fabulous party!!

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    1. It was so special, Jen. My mom has made a point to be at all the First Communions of her grandchildren. She has 27, and little man falls somewhere toward the bottom of the long line. The only one she wasn't able to make was Miss M's.

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  10. Congratulations to your sweet little boy... and you sure did an amazing job on the party! So glad that your mom was able to be there with you all!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! Having my mom there made the occasion even more special. We miss her!

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