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Friday, December 7, 2012

~ Miracles do Happen ~

St. Catherine Laboure and the
Miraculous Medal
...even tiny miracles...

Every year, usually during the month of November or December, my First Communion Class will recieve a Miraculous Medal.  This year, since it was closer to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), we recognized this Feastday.

Tiny Miraculous Medal all the way from...
the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, in Rue du Bac, Paris, France. 

It is another step towards their preparation of the Sacraments:
First Confession (also known as Reconciliation or Penance)


First Holy Communion.

Waiting for their blessing...

Each month, the children will go up to the Communion rails and our pastor will bless them and present them with *blessed* devotional articles, or sacramentals.

"Sacramentals are liturgical ceremonies instituted by the Catholic Church that bear some resem­­blance to the seven sac­ra­ments and dispose the Christian to receive and cooperate with grace. Each includes a prayer of blessing accompanied by a sacred sign representing bene­fits obtained through the intercession of the Church."

The blessing of the medals...

For example:
In October, the children recieved a rosary and in Feburary, they will recieve their First Communion Candle - for the occasion of Candlemas.

This card holds the information about St. Catherine Laboure
and the Miraculous Medal...
and the journey of this tiny medal.

Often, the intentions of Holy Mass will be said for them and their preparation to recieve their sacraments.

The children are so wonderful...so full of love for Him.

As you prepare for your First Holy Communion,
remember to ask Our Blessed Mother to keep and guard you
and ask her to prepare your heart to receive her Son, Jesus, in Holy Communion.
St. Catherine Laboure...Pray for us.
Mother Mary...Pray for us.

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1 comment:

  1. Such wonderfully appropriate ways to prepare the children for Confession and First Communion! I have to admire you for guiding the children towards their First Communion. God bless you richly!


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