James’ First Holy Communion

After almost a year of preparation, James went through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) last Wednesday and then received his first Holy Communion during Mass last Sunday.

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Dorothy Davis is James’ religious education teacher who has taught him lessons every week via Zoom up to this point to help him prepare for this special moment. She is a Professor of Education at Campbellsville University and a member of our church committee.

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Deacon Jimmy and Therese Richerson are James’ god-parents. They have been married for over 20 years and have recently renewed their wedding vows in Jerusalem during a pilgrimage to the Vatican and the Holy Land organized by our church last year. A Catholic convert, Deacon Jimmy used to be a state police officer in Frankfort and lost an adult son (Jamie) due to suicide. Therese is my first manager at the Mission Store. She showed me the “ropes,” moving me to tears when, during my orientation, she said, “Our goal in this work is to become holier Christians.” I was getting over my illness at that time, still very weak and emotional. She lost her special-need adult son (Stevie) when he was 21 years old. Both Deacon Jimmy and Therese are exceptionally calm and soft-spoken people who have gone through many family tragedies.

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Father Saju is our priest and pastor. Before coming to Campbellsville, he worked at a church in the Bahamas islands. It’s very fitting that he ended up in the United States since his seminary training was financially sponsored by an American benefactor. His English is far from perfect but our first impression of him was that he is an innately spiritual man. Both David and I like him a lot. All his homilies are very helpful and meaningful although the English is quite jumbled-up when he delivers them. The last time I was in the hospital, he called me and assured me that I would be alright because he was praying for me. Some family members of his in India are on oxygen in the hospital right now due to COVID.

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This is James receiving the Host — the “Body of Christ” for the first time.

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And with his family

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This is the procession at the beginning of Mass.

Thank you for reading! May God bless you.

About David and Lam

A smitten couple and loving parents in our early 40s. We have lived in 3 different countries together. We dream of living in a fourth country together after our children grow up. We love long walks in the woods, climbing mountains, boating, traveling, reading, and being together. Both David and Lam are old souls who love quietness and meaningful conversations in which we ponder the truth and mysteries of life as well as discuss philosophical and ethical matters. We especially like to enjoy the small pleasures of daily life.
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3 Responses to James’ First Holy Communion

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good Evening Lam, David, Jacob and James! THANK YOU, THANK YOU so much for posting these pictures and writing such a WONDERFUL description of this milestone in James’s life and yours!. How HANDSOME our James is in his shirt, tie and vest!! James’s legs are certainly starting to get longer for sure!! Absolutely LOVE the picture of the four of you!! We couldn’t be prouder!! Congratulations James!! (Please have him read my comment; thank you!) Also please tell Jacob that his Grammie is praying for him and his job interview tomorrow. I’m certain they will be very impressed with his politeness and manners! Much love, Mom/Grammie and Pops/Grandpops

  2. Anonymous says:

    Fighting back tears of pride and joy watching the video! THANK YOU for sharing!! HUGS!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Also I wanted to let you know that I really LOVE the interior of your church building; such beautiful kinds of woods! Also praying for your priest’s family in India; praying that they all recover. How difficult for him!

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