Thursday, April 23, 2015

Danica's First Communion

Danica had her ceremonious first communion on Sunday. This was somewhat troubling for an atheist grandfather, but one tries to be supportive. As her mother said, we all (in this family at least) got over our indoctrination, so in time she might as well.

Edit: So odd that I pre-posted this not realizing that today is Openly Secular Day, and here I am identifying as being an atheist, not that I've ever hid it, but I don't generally trumpet the fact. It is a day to tell someone, and I guess I just did that in spades. :)

We were allowed to take photos during the processional
and then had to shut the cameras down.

She sat with her godmother after the processional: very sweetly, I might add.

After the ceremony, we were permitted to take photos
of the kids being bestowed with various gifts.
Then they posed proudly for group photos. A million cameras shot from the centre,
but I was off to the side and okay with that.

A closer shot.
Caught in a rare, quiet moment after the doings.
With grandma and her godfather's wife.
Good Danica for looking at the important camera.
Danica with one of her buddies. All of the kids were from her school:
the only Catholic school in town.


Tabor said...

You and I are of the same ilk. I went to my grandson's first communion, but will not attend my granddaughters as they have planned to leave right after the ceremony for a trip!

Linda Kay said...

John, being a Christian, perhaps attending your granddaughter's communion will bring you around to faith. I'm not the judge, so will be back to read your blog.

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

TexWisGirl said...

i was raised catholic but haven't practiced any religion in many years. i will always appreciate the foundation i got from my upbringing and the rites and rituals that went with that faith. i am open-minded about all faiths and, perhaps, non-faiths, too. :)

Mage said...

Ah, you were a brave and loving grandpa. I seem to have followed my grandmother into Buddhist leanings.

KGMom said...

You are wise to support your granddaughter . That is important, even if the event holds no meaning for you. You realize that this day was not about you, but about her. And you were there FOR HER.

Mara said...

Here in Norway they now have communion (at age 12/13) either in the religious or in the humanistic way. Mind you, I think most youngsters are in it for the gifts of money and other assorted goodies. It's nothing to do with catholicism either, since Norway is largely a protestant country.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

As someone raised in the Roman Catholic faith who also attended parochial school, I recall these rituals. And, this week, watched a 50+ year old hold movie of my own First Communion.mthat viewing and this post broight back many memories. Regardless of your own feelings on the subject of religion, it's obvious that you open-minded and can support your granddaughter's important moments. She was lovingly captured by your camera.

Donna said...

At my FC we had to wear veils...things have changed...
She's so pretty!!