Delayed first Communions now resuming at parishes

Bella Leahy was supposed to receive her first Communion at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church on April 25. When COVID-19 put a temporary stop to public celebration of Mass in March, that was postponed until Aug. 8, when Bella and her family took part in one of four scheduled first Communion Masses at the parish.
Father Andre Beltran, pastor, gives a girl her first Communion during Mass at St. James Church in Highwood on July 15, 2020. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
A father shows his daughter how to hold her hands when receiving Communion at St. James Parish, Highwood, July 15, 2020. The parish split first Communions over two Masses to maintain social distance. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)