Worshipers at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish in North Wales gathered for Mass celebrated by their pastor, Msgr. John Conway, on Sunday, Feb. 8. At the Mass with their families were children who are preparing to make their first holy Communion this spring. Msgr. Conway recognized them among the congregation and asked the children to tell what they have learned so far about receiving the sacrament. The parish in Montgomery County was founded in 1987. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Altar servers Katie Ziff, Kim-Leigh Tursi and Matt Ziff lead the entrance procession.

Joseph Allen, who will receive the sacrament of Eucharist this year, sings a hymn during Mass.

Soon-to-be first communicant Jack Nicolo and his mother Lori sing during Mass.


Alyssa Veal reads her children’s Bible as the readings for Mass are proclaimed.

The Tecklin family of Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish pray together.


Lector John O’Connor reads as Anna Maria Tamaro-Bintliff translates into American Sign Language.


Msgr. John Conway speaks to children of the parish who will make their first holy Communion.

The first communicants feel the support of their parents standing with them, along with other parishioners.

Interpreter Anna Maria Tamaro-Bintliff.

From left, Giovanni, Vincenzo, Francesco and Alana Paviglianiti bring up the offertory gifts.

Kathy, Lindsey and Matthew Echelmeier pray the Lord’s Prayer together.

From left, Fathers William Teverzczuk and Thomas Whittingham participate in the Mass with main celebrant Msgr. John Conway.

Extraordinary minister of holy Communion Carolyn A. Flint distributes the body of Christ.