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(Photo courtesy Ricardo Carlos/Mater Dolorosa)

Children who received first Communion May 7 at Mater Dolorosa Church pose with pastor Fr. Roland De la Rosa, Margaret Lee, Violetta Carnero, Fr. Angel Quitalig, director of religious education Felisa Cepeda, Dn. Alex Aragon, and Beatriz Pineda.

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Celebrating first Communion, past and present
May 24th, 2016

Catholic San Francisco asked readers to send us photos and memories of their first holy Communion. Here are a few examples through the years as well as two photos from this year’s first Communions at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Belmont and Mater Dolorosa Parish May 7 in South San Francisco. Congratulations to all our first communicants this year! God bless you.

Claire Miller of Our Lady of Loretto Parish in Novato sent her photo from 1940, writing, “My grandfather was a baker by trade and made a three-tiered cake for my first Communion at Holy Name Parish in Los Angeles.” The same pastor ended up moving to St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Van Nuys many years later and married Claire and her husband, who are now married for 61 years, Miller said.

Jean Henderson of Good Shepherd Parish in Pacifica sent in her photo, a darling flash back to 1936 when she made her Communion at Sacred Heart Parish in San Francisco. Bernice Greenblat, nee Fagundes, of St. Paul of the Shipwreck told us “I still have the little Communion book I’m holding. I received my first Communion from Archbishop Mitty at St. Anthony of Padua on Army Street in the old church that burned down.” Bernice’s daughter, Debra Greenblat made her first Communion at Holy Angels Church in Colma in 1960. “My only disappointment was that I had to take my first Communion dress off when I got home, but my clever mother added a pale green sash to the dress so I could continue to wear it beyond that day,” she said.

From May 26, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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