Classic Rock, age 7, on the day he celebrated Eucharist for the first time. He was so tiny in comparison to his height today!
A much younger Mr. Neoclassic and me on our wedding day - 1993! (The blue carpet is hideous)
Classic Rock's Baptism was a double celebration. He'd spent a few weeks in the NICU, so being able to gather with family and friends was such a huge miracle. That little woman in green next me? My Nona who was so excited to be present for his Baptism. She was in her mid- to- late 80's. (I'm the one in pink; Mr. Neoclassic has the red beard between Nona and me)
Given the talk's topic, I wanted to find some pictures of the children gathered around the altar as Father prepared the gifts of Bread and Wine. I found a great one - that's Classic Rock's back in the blue jacket. Also shown are the gifts ready for presentation at the Offertory portion of Mass.
I even found a rare whole family photo. Usually, one of the adults is on the other side of the camera! This is Christmas 2009 and Irish Jig was only 7 weeks old. We went to the Midnight Mass, which is always such a beautiful event. The brass ensemble plays, the choirs sing, and the candles light the worship space. And the children actually stay awake for the entire event :)
And last, but certainly not least, is a recent shot of Jazz just after celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Her smile was radiant.
I am looking forward to my talk and the information I get to share with other parents. Eucharist is such a wonderful experience and I am honored to be discussing this very special meal.