Sunday, October 24, 2021

Our grandchild’s First Communion

Erin’s First Communion with Grandma and Grandpa. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Erin’s First Communion with Grandma and Grandpa. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Janet Stapleton

Our granddaughter, Erin, is 7 years old. She is the youngest daughter of our son, Mike and our wonderful daughter-in-law, Julie. They have five kids, Timmy,14, Moira,12, Daniel,10, Joey, 9, and Erin, 7. We call them the FAB FIVE!

Erin is a little hoot and sometimes a little devil! She attends the School of the Holy Childhood in Rochester, NY, which is an educational ministry. They educate special needs children and adults of all faiths. This is Erin’s second year at Holy Childhood.

Fab five before Mass.

Fab five before Mass.

She just loves it!

Erin is such a blessing to our family. Her brothers and sisters care for her in a way that is awe inspiring. She went through the First Eucharist preparation at their parish, St. Joseph’s, with all the other children. She may not have understood everything she heard but she sure was enthusiastic!

As she received her First Communion we were all in tears! They had been rehearsing with her for weeks… Body of Christ…Amen! Most times she would respond EAT! But Sunday

Receiving communion.

Receiving communion.

morning she was perfect! Body of Christ…AMEN…EAT!

Children with Down Syndrome are so innocent. They love everyone. She is always the first one to say “I love you, Gramma. I miss you Pop Pop.”

When we share with people that we have a grandchild with Down Syndrome, some will respond in a way that almost says, I’m sorry. No one needs to feel sorry for her, for her family or for us. She is the greatest blessing our family has ever received. She is the epitome of unconditional love!

Congratulations, Erin! 

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