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Under tents and with folding chairs, Catholics resume First Communions and baptisms outdoors

baby getting baptized by a priest

It’s been tradition for Annmarie Juarez’s children to receive their sacraments of First Communion at St. Frances X Cabrini Church in San Bernardino County, where dozens of their family members gather for the celebrations.

This year, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, things were a little different for her fourth and youngest son.

Juarez’s 9-year-old performed his First Communion in early August outside the church. He wore a mask and stood at a distance from the 10 or so others underneath a tarp embellished with white balloons. Only immediate family members were allowed to attend.

(Click here to see the news article by Religion News Service)