We nabbed the priest after Mass yesterday. He tried to say that he had business elsewhere on Friday and couldn't wait for us after we were late, and that he had left instructions with another priest for us, and had told the drivers about the other priest as well.
He told us to be there at 4:30, we were there at 4:30, the other person was there at 4:20. There was no tardiness on our part, there was no priest in the office and like I said before, no one knew where the parish priest was. Oh well. But wait, there's more.
We grabbed him after church on Sunday. He asked the kids only one question: "Where is Jesus?" The kids have never had the questions phrased to them that way, they didn't know what was the right thing to say. Nicholas said "Everywhere" and that was wrong. "In the Eucharist" wasn't the right answer either.
But never mind, after that one question and a mini sermon on where Jesus is (I still don't know what he figured was the right answer for that), we settled on a date and time for First Communion.
June 15th, 4 p.m.
First Confession with be immediately prior at 3:30.
We're to meet either at the Confessional Office or in the Tomb Chapel.
We don't know who will be officiating. Fr. Raj said he would arrange it.
We asked what else was needed. He said that was it.
Except of course for a white candle for each Communicant. They could be purchased in the church shop next door. Done. Just need to attach some flowers to them.
And the gifts for the church. Those could be purchased from the shop as well. Apparently vestments, or a new chalice or something of that nature. One kid = one gift. Done. Still need to be wrapped.
And the Tomb Chapel rental fee of course, payable at the church office. The receipt from there had to then be brought to the nun that guards the Chapel entrance, I guess so she could register it and have things ready. Done.
And a program has to be written, songs, readers, etc. My dad is pulling that stuff together from the States.
Katherine will be playing flute for a couple pieces along with two flautists in the other family. She'll start practicing tomorrow.
A cake is being ordered. We'll have a little party afterwards at our house with some finger foods.
Like I said, half way there. The other half will be arriving at church at 3 p.m. and finding someone who actually expects us and knows what's going on. That I can't wait to see.