Another wee Sweeney gathering: First Communion

IMG_6041Get us to the church on time…the girls made their first Holy Communion yesterday.  The sun shone, the Spring showers held off, it was a great day.

During the ceremony, Padre Joe (as Talbot  fondly calls him) said, ‘you don’t teach religion, you catch it.”  And it’s not so much as catching religion, but catching a sense of community spirit, family and friendships colliding together to celebrate.

This was a right of passage for the girls, for their Irish heritage, as much as for their Catholic heritage.  And it’s days like this when I feel full and truly grateful for how life can unfold.

It wouldn’t be a Sweeney gathering without 200+ pictures, I’ve condensed for anyone patient enough (honest!)…keeping in mind, we love to bring our family from Ont. & Ireland in on all our occasions. Thanks all for coming out to support the girls and sharing the day.

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Back at the ranch…there was nettle soup, flank steak and cakes, designed by the girls: Amelia’s cake, adorned with amelia roses, was filled with raspberry swirl & raspberry coulis and Dahlia’s cake, topped with a big dahlia flower was filled with orange sponge and coconut curd – divine!

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Any interested in a ‘practically new’ Communion/Flower Girl dress, size 7 and size 8/9…let me know! 😉