With spring in full bloom, May brings us warmer days, flowers, May crownings, and First Communions. This year, one of my granddaughters will receive her First Communion, and my daughter will lead 29 of her third-grade students to the altar for theirs.
There will be many Catholics attending these celebrations, but not celebrating the Eucharist. This Mass may be one of the few they attend all year. Like Catholic weddings and funerals, First Communions welcome back quite a number of “lapsed” Catholics.