Holy First Communion – A Catholic Celebration

Last week my amazing, beautiful, soft hearted, thoughtful daughter celebrated her Holy First Communion. For any Catholic child this is a big milestone and she spent the whole year preparing for this sacrament. My heart is completely full. She was so serious about her faith study and she was READY for this day.

We went to Schoenstatt Shrine in Madison. It is a small convent of sisters tucked away on Madison’s east side. There is a tiny and beautiful shrine on the property. As a young girl, I spent many weekends here so it was very special to be back. Her portraits turned out beautiful and I’m so glad we took the time to do these before her big day.
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Holy First Communion is not only important for young ones but it is important for us parents too. I love this behind the scenes photo I took on the day her group had their group photo taken.
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Who doesn’t love a good pew banner.
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Such a great feeling looking down the pew and seeing packed full of family. Plus you can’t believe how much easier it is to sit through a Mass with all those extra hands keeping the boys busy for me!
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After Mass we headed to the best restaurant around, 1855 in Cottage Grove. It was beautiful and the food was amazing. The cake was from Carl’s Cake in Sun Prairie and it was unbelievably tasty.

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Greta floated around the room and passed out roses to all of her great aunts and cousins.
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Greta’s God Mother and I have been friends since before I have memories. She and I had our First Communion together too.
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It was a joyful day… but grief is weird. It seems on my happiest days I really miss my Mom and Grandma. Wanting to share happy moments with your passed on love ones is incredibly hard. So we made a visit and I’m so glad we did.
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