Parishioners came to the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 3 to worship God in the sacred liturgy at St. Bartholomew Church in Philadelphia. Father John LaRosa, pastor, also had the pleasure of giving holy Communion for the first time to four children of the parish. St. Bartholomew is located at 5600 Jackson Street in Northeast Philadelphia. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Ronald Coach carries the processional cross.
Worshiping (from left) are Eduardo and Jean Mercato with their son’s friend Chris Lennon and their twins J.C. and J.P.
The St. Bartholomew Parish Choir leads the congregation in song.
Father John LaRosa, pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish, poses after Mass with the PREP children who made their first holy communion.
Makenzie Huggard attends Mass with her mother, Aimee Huggard.
Father John LaRosa
Cantor Barbara Pippet leads the congregation.
Friends Ethan Walker (left) and Stephen Zusin pray together.
Lector Keith Monteiro proclaims a reading at Mass.
A family prays the World Meeting of Families prayer together before Mass.
Students from the PREP program serve as ushers.
Father LaRosa consecrates the Eucharist.
Roberteliane Seant receives Communion for the first time from Father LaRosa.
Father LaRosa gives Communion to Robert Gallant for the first time.
PREP first communicants (from left) Robert Gallant, Shawn Leach and Nicholas Baab.
The first communicants’ parents stand and pray for their children.