Monday, May 2, 2011
Monday Musings-2 May 2011
This weekend...was blessed by the event of Gabriel's first Holy Communion. He was nervous, but happy. We got to Mass good and early, and all of us made it to confession (because of all the guests at the Chapel for Divine Mercy Sunday, they had five confessionals open--almost no waiting!) Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM, was the celebrant, and gave us a beautiful Mass, accompanied by some really beautiful music. Fr. Wade's nephew, Jude, was also receiving his first Holy Communion yesterday, so when the time came, Bret and I went up and knelt with Gabriel on one side at the communion rail, and Jude with his parents knelt on the other side with his. Gabriel went back to his seat beaming.
Besides the customary gifts of money, he also receive a beautiful custom-made rosary which I ordered from Ruth, and this wonderful little book. They used to make it in hardcover, and Una's I had rebound in real vellum with her name in gold for her first Holy Communion, but it was left at Mass one day and never made it to the lost and found...
At home we changed clothes and my mother and my sister with her family came over to help celebrate. We had scheduled a party with over 40 people, but I cancelled on Thursday when the weather predicted (accurately, I might add) thunderstorms. We will be having a party for Pentecost instead. In any case, it was noisy and crazy even with only the little cousins over. Can't imagine what it may have been with 31 kids!
Some plans for the week: a follow-up appointment for Gemma today; doing the checkbook (ugh--being a grown-up stinks sometimes...); get back to school after the week off. I would like to make an apron for my mother, per her request, if I can get the material from her she wants me to use! Forgot to ask her to bring it yesterday!
If I find some time for myself, I want to...work on my knitting and paint some peg dolls for the Etsy shop. The stock is looking a bit thin.
Special prayer intentions for this week: praying for an end to this abysmal rain, and for all the people who have been affected by the severe weather, and for Gemma to be given a clean bill of health.
Something that makes me smile: Our First Holy Communicant!
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