Sunday, August 24, 2014

Church Record Sunday - First Communion, Celina, Ohio, 1942

First Communion Day, May 10, 1942, Immaculate Conception Church, Celina, Ohio

The Immaculate Conception Class of 1952 received their First Communion on May 10, 1942 in Celina, Ohio. My father is the 3rd from the right in the 3rd row in the photo above.

According to a history of the class printed for a reunion in 1972, Father George Hindelang was the pastor and the class was confirmed on December 6, 1942 by Bishop George Rehring. The class had 43 students when they started as First Graders in 1940 and had a graduating class of 26 students in 1952. Interesting that they received First Communion at the end of second grade and Confirmation in the next school year. When I was attending school, it was more common to receive Confirmation several years later, usually in the eighth or ninth grade.

My father kept the holy cards he received for his First Communion and Confirmation.

Holy Communion Card, May 10, 1942

The First Communion card was signed, To dear little Timothy from Sister Mary Protas May 10, 1942.

Confirmation card, December 6, 1942

The Confirmation card was signed, In loving memory of your Confirmation Day, Dec. 6, 1942.


  1. Lovely little souvenirs of your father's Communion and Confirmation. Sister Mary must have been very fond of him to refer to your father as "dear little Timothy" :)

    1. Thanks Yvonne, I'm thinking he might have been the teacher's pet that year! Then again, maybe she signed all her cards that way. :) They really are nice souvenirs to have.