On Saturday, May 30th, our elect entered the Catholic Church. This special event in the life of the Church usually happens at the Easter Vigil; unfortunately, because of COVID-19, we had to delay their entry this year. Because of the demands of social distancing, we were unable to celebrate these sacraments as part of the regular Mass, but the moment was no less beautiful. Surrounded by family, godparents and close friends, six young people received the sacraments of initiation.
Haidan and Braeden Lee, so familiar to us as the grandchildren of Bill and Jeanne O’Connor and Bob and Jeanette Lee, delighted their grandparents and all present when they chose to follow Jesus and were baptized and confirmed. We have had the pleasure of watching them grow and mature, and now they will join us fully at the Eucharistic table when we all are able to worship together again.
Adan, Jeovanni and Jose Hernandez have been actively pursuing their faith since they first joined us at Holy Trinity several years ago. Their faces filled with joy at receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time reminded all present of how we should approach Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In the next few weeks, the boys will welcome both a little brother (baby number 8 in the family!) and their first nephew; thankfully both babies cooperated and waited until after the boys received their sacraments to make their arrival!
Connor Hammon has been preparing for the last year to receive his sacraments of initiation. His fiancée was beside him as he joined the Church on Saturday night. We rejoice with him as he now turns his full attention to preparing for the sacrament of a Catholic marriage later this year.
Although we could not invite you all to join us for this Mass, the Holy Trinity Catholic faith community plays a vital role in the development of these young people’s faith. Please continue to pray for them, that they might grow ever closer to Christ through the sacramental life. In addition, please remember in your prayers the rest of the RCIA candidates who, although already baptized, will complete their sacraments of initiation, the teenagers who will be confirmed, and the young children who will make their first communion later this month.