Fifty years ago today, May 1…
(Happy 12th anniversary, Aunt Bernie and Uncle Stan, by the way! 50 years ago, it was their 12th, that is.)
I made my First Holy Communion.
Ascension of Our Lord Church.
Sunday, May 1, 1966.
Pastor: Rev. Edward Mika.
Could be among the oldest stuff that I own that’s actually my stuff.
Because it’s important to have my home address in the Mass book… and apparently, my name is simply too long.
Back side of the “Take and eat” holy card. From Aunt Bernie. With the names of my six cousins inscribed. Yes, only six ‘country cousins.’ In 1966, Mary was still only a twinkle in Uncle Stan’s eye.
I’m not sure who gave me this gift. Was it from the school/church? I don’t remember and didn’t see any marking on it.
But this one was from Babcia and Dziadzia Konieczka. Now, the question is, was it Mom’s Mom and Dad, my grandparents? Or was it Mom’s Babcia and Dziadzia, my great-grandparents? Hmm…
I love these books. The Mass book (Jesus Make Me Worthy) is dense! Much helpful information packed into almost 300 pages. Short, simple chapters. A wonderful explanation of the Mass, from the perspective of the pre-Vatican II liturgy, when the priest faced the altar and tabernacle at the back of the sanctuary, away from the congregation, in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament.
The confession book asks very simple questions of a child about behavior. Each Commandment has an illustration that makes right action and behavior even more understandable for a child.
Yeah, the tie actually fit.
A sample page from the book, preparation for First Communion. Among the densest of the pages. And Mom’s handwriting in the book given to me by Babcia i (“and”) Dziadzia Konieczka.
The end of the book. How’s this for a simple explanation for how a child should live?
Thanks, God, for the memories.