Grade 2′s Receive Holy Communion as a Class

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 The grade 2 students pose with their teacher, Ms. Lutyj (larger format)

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Every year by the end of May, all grade 2 students from IHMS have already received their first Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) followed by their first Holy Communion at their respective parishes. Each parish is a bit different in their timing, but they typically complete this important celebration sometime during the month of May.

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Grade 2 students in their classroom before walking to the cathedral

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For most of the school year, only older students from grade 3-8 receive Holy Communion during the monthly Liturgies at Sts Vladimir and Olga Cathedral. But the June Liturgy is always special for the grade 2’s, and on Friday, June 6th they received Holy Communion for the first time as a class!

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Grade 2’s arriving at the cathedral for their first communion

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The Liturgy began at 9:00 a.m. in the Cathedral as a large group of proud parents and relatives watched their children pass another important milestone in their lives. Most of the boys dressed in a white shirt and dress pants, while the girls looked beautiful in their white dresses.

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 The grade 2 students dressed up for their first communion

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Since the grade 2 class was responsible for organizing the Liturgy, Miss Lutyj spent weeks preparing her students for their big day. The entire class read the Epistle while Kennedy S. and Hunter M. read the grade 2 class intention.

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 Kennedy S. and Hunter M. reading the grade 2 intention (top photo) and grade 2 students receiving their first communion (bottom photo)

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Just before the end of Liturgy, His Grace Most Reverend Lawrence Huculak, OSBM  presented each student with a cross necklace and a certificate.

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 Students receiving a cross necklace and certificate

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It was an exciting and memorable morning for everyone at IHMS, especially for the grade 2’s. At the end of the Liturgy, Miss Lutyj and her proud students stayed behind and posed for group and individual pictures before heading back to the school.

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