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.