St. William the Abbot Church, Seaford.
The May 10 afternoon car parade makes its way up Jackson Avenue toward the church.
Fathers Joe Fitzgerald, Collins Yeboah and James Hansen wave to the First Communion candidates and their families.
First Communion candidate Joseph Paul Scheuer waves to the priests and catechists.
Religious education teacher Alma Barra holds a sign along the parade route.
Father Joe uses a monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament to bless the children in the church parking lot.
Candidate Morgan Layne Zimmerman and her parents Tom and Sharon and sister Gracen focus on the Blessed Sacrament.
Candidate Adriana Maggio her parents James and Jessica and sisters Gianna and Isabella pose for a photo.
Father Joe chats with candidate Robert Blankley and his parents Christopher and Christina.
Emma Rose Piskopus holds a rosary as Father Joe speaks with her and her family.
A message to the priests and catechists is seen on the back of a family's minivan.
Candidate Olivia Innes is flanked by her parents Kevin and Gaylynn as Father Joe and the family dog, Ginger, look on.
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