St. Leo First Communion

May 19, 2013

Ronan has been studying with St. Leo Catholic Church for two years toward receiving the Holy Eucharist.  He has had a wonderful experience with all of his teachers, classmates and the church ministry.  I thank each one of them for the gift of creating a positive and supportive religious education.

This past Sunday, we celebrated this Rite of the Roman Catholic Church and Ronan’s commitment to our faith.

Our family invite you to celebrate the 1st Communion for Ronan.
Please join us for all or part of the celebrations on Sunday May 19th.
We are very excited to have Ronan’s Great Uncle Fr. Bob Wiesenbaugh share in the ceremony.
If you are able to join us for any or part of the activities we will be delighted.

Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist

I always envisioned my Uncle Bob, Robert D. Wiesenbaugh, SJ, offering Ronan his First Communion.  Bringing Uncle Bob in from the Jesuit Center in Pennsylvania was an extraordinary gift through the efforts of my mother, sister and Uncle Bob.

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013

 Our celebration was complete with our family and friends joining us.  A school classmate’s family agreed to share our party and indeed took on more than their share of cooking, hosting and cleaning.

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

One more confession before receiving the host.  Well, perhaps a line of five before mass begins.  Fr. Bob graciously conducted reconciliation before mass began.

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

Uncle Bob tells me Fr. Jareck and his team were amazingly welcoming and went out of their way to help him feel comfortable in their church.  They even went beyond the tradition of having Fr. Bob serve Ronan his First Communion; he participated with half the 50 children and continued with the congregation.  I am extraordinarily grateful for Fr. Jareck’s encouragement and support through my request.  We even had opportunity to get to know Fr. Jim when he agreed to join us for our party after the celebration.

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

Stacie, Fr. Bob, Ronan, Grandma “Kappi” and Grandma “ReRe”

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Receiving St. Leo’s certificate for the Holy Eucharist.

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

You would not know it by the photo’s but John was there; running around serving up a great meal and tending to guests.  Our co-hosts were the same and never slowed down to ensure that our children would have a wonderful celebration.jb grill

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

Riley stayed home.  This caused some conflict between John and I, but in the end we determined that Riley would be best staying home and enjoying his morning with Miss Erin.  One of the mental challenges I face is the disappointment that we will never do normal things as a whole family.  But, enough of that for now…

This is Ronan’s Day!

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

Riley and Marisa from PATCH, www.fgcypatch.webs.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

Angela, Ronan and their moms celebrate First Communion

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013 www.RileysSmile.com

My boys and their teachers!

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013

1st Communion, Ronan Buck. May 19, 2013

Friends came and went throughout the afternoon.  Some made it only to the mass and others to the reception or house.  We sincerely appreciate their support in so many ways.  I am thankful for each of you in our lives.

Stacie

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