October 8, 2020
For immediate release
Media contact: Cara Hansen, Marketing Director
Rosarian Celebrates a Belated First Communion After Originally Being Canceled Due to COVID-19
Rosarian Academy’s Class of 2026 donned their finest attire, including white face masks, and finally had the opportunity to make their First Holy Communion for the first time as a class on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 . Traditionally, second-grade students at Rosarian receive this blessed sacrament at their home parishes throughout the spring and then have a celebratory mass at the school late in the academic year. Due to COVID-19 and the massive statewide shut down in March, many of the now third-grade students never had the opportunity to even receive their First Holy Communion at their home churches.
This past Wednesday, the entire third-grade class finally received their belated celebratory mass. Six of the 25 students received special permission from their home parishes to make this sacrament at school. Students dressed in their First Communion dresses and suits and participated in carrying the gifts and doing the mass readings while Father Brian King, secretary to Bishop Barbarito, celebrated the liturgy. Each student was allowed to have two parents attend and physically distanced throughout the school’s 485-person theater. The rest of the school community participated in the celebration from their classrooms or homes via Zoom.