On a perfect springtime Sunday morning, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Buckingham gathered for Mass April 17 and saw one of three groups of second graders of the parish receive their first holy Communion. The 11 a.m. Mass was celebrated by the pastor, Msgr. Joseph Gentili, who announced to the congregation that the construction of the new Parish Life Center will begin the following day on the church campus, located at 5194 Cold Spring Creamery Road in Buckingham Township, Upper Bucks County. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Msgr. Joseph Gentili chats with Brooks, Russell, Julia and Isabella Palmer after mass.

Msgr. Joseph Gentili chats with Brooks, Russell, Julia and Isabella Palmer after Mass.

Cantor Lucy Steitz

Cantor Lucy Steitz leads the congregation in song.

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Second grade student were the first of three groups of students to receive first holy communion during mass over the next few weeks.

The second grade students at the April 17 Mass were the first of three groups of students to receive first holy Communion during Mass over the next few weeks.

Edward and Anne Marie O'Connell

Edward and Anne Marie O’Connell

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Diane Hughes sings along to the opening hymn.

Diane Hughes sings along to the opening hymn.

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Msgr. Gentili invites the people to prayer.

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Lector Cecilia Gavinelli

Lector Cecilia Gavinelli proclaims the Word of the Lord.

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Lector John Graham

Lector John Graham

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Deacon Robert Brady

Deacon Robert Brady holds the Book of Gospels aloft before he proclaims the Gospel reading.

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Deacon Robert Brady fills the thurible with incense before the Gospel reading.

Monsignor Joseph Gentili, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, dons a hard hat to anounce to the people that construction of the new Parish Life Center will begin the following day.

Msgr. Joseph Gentili, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, dons a hard hat to announce to the people that construction of the new Parish Life Center will begin the following day.

Jack Lynam wore his Sunday best to attend mass and watch his cousin receive first Holy Communion.

Jack Lynam wore his Sunday best to attend Mass and watch his cousin receive first holy Communion.

Ushers Tim Cathers Jr and Bill Barris take up the weekly collection.

Ushers Tim Cathers Jr. (left) and Bill Barris take up the weekly collection.

Deacon Robert Brady incences the congregation.

Deacon Robert Brady incenses the congregation.

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The parish choir helps fill Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with song.

Kelly Parisi prays during Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Kelly Parisi prays during Liturgy of the Eucharist.

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Douglas and Barbara Neufeld

Douglas and Barbara Neufeld

Tina, Alaire, Aceline and Dominique Galloway pray together.

From left, Tina, Alaire, Aceline and Dominique Galloway pray together.

Msgr. Joseph Gentili gives words of encouragment to the 2nd graders before the mass where they will receive their first Holy Communion.

Msgr. Joseph Gentili gives words of encouragement to the second graders before the Mass where they will receive their first holy Communion.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church was completed in 2011 to serve the growing Bucks County community in Buckingham. The parish was founded in 2000.

Emily, Kate, Ella and Grace Kiernan

Emily, Kate, Ella and Grace Kiernan

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Lynn and Sam Iosorelli hold hands as they pray the Lord's Prayer.

Lynn and Sam Iosorelli hold hands as they pray the Lord’s Prayer.

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Madeleine Soumaoro applauds the children that received holy communion for the first time.

Madeleine Soumaoro applauds the children that received holy Communion for the first time.

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Parishioners take a church bulletin and chat in the narthex before leaving church.