May 20, 2022 | Your Stories
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Pictured are St. Martin Parish’s 2022 First Communicants: Ada Ebelhar, Hagan Ebelhar, Mattie Glenn, Caroline Harper, Addy Hayden, Jessie Hayden, Julian House and Nora Hundley. COURTESY OF NICOLE GRAY

Receiving Our Lord: First Holy Communion at St. Martin Parish


While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it, he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ —Matthew 26:26–28

First Holy Communion is, without question, a time of great joy! These beautiful young people received First Holy Communion on April 30, 2022 at St. Martin Parish in Rome. Please continue to pray for them so that they may always have the same enthusiasm receiving Our Lord from now on, as they did on this special day and that they remember that that Jesus Christ is really and truly present in the Eucharist—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.

Nicole Gray is the director of communications at St. Martin Parish in Rome.

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