Confirmation, first Holy Communion take place in Sandyston

Fourteen children of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Sandyston (top) received their first Holy Communion on April 27 during a Mass. Father Varga celebrated the Mass, assisted by Deacon von Doehren. First-grade catechist Rita Straka, second-grade catechist Marie Mendez, and Omar Mendez who often assisted catechists, are shown with the children holding banners they created.

Bishop Emeritus Arthur Serratelli administered the sacrament of confirmation to 16 candidates on April 8 at St. Thomas during a Mass. Fourteen candidates were from St. Thomas Parish while two were from St. James the Greater Parish in Montague. Bishop Serratelli celebrated the Mass, which was concelebrated by Father Wayne Varga, pastor of St. Thomas and St. James. Deacon Wayne von Doehren assisted with the liturgy. John Lucadamo, Heather Lubchansky, and Mike Bussow were the catechists.


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