As most of the global community takes a collective timeout to stop the spread of the coronavirus, children preparing to receive their First Holy Communion this month also find themselves in a holding pattern until the public celebration of Mass resumes. At St. William the Abbot Parish, Seaford, First Communion candidates were affirmed and celebrated this month with a car parade and Eucharistic blessing, an event created by a group of parents to encourage the youngsters to remain focused on the sacrament. The parents also used the occasion to recognize the efforts of the parish clergy and catechists who accompany the children along their faith journey. Candidates attending the parish school received cheers and prayers on May 2, while those in the faith formation program were honored and blessed during morning and afternoon celebrations on May 10. More than 100 children participated in the festivities.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz