Seven sets of twins mark rite of passage at St. Elizabeth Seton
By DONNA VICKROY firstname.lastname@example.org May 3, 2014 5:08PM
The Rev. William Corcoran, pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Orland Hills, reminds youngsters making their First Holy Communion Saturday to smile. | Donna Vickroy/Sun-Times Media
Sadie and Sophia D’Andrea; Ashley and Grace Fuller; Madison and Michael Homerding; Jacob and Joshua Jesionowski; Christopher and Isaac Krabbe; Caitlin and Colin Ryan; Alexis and Ashley Trippeer.
Updated: June 5, 2014 5:10PM
Making his First Holy Communion was a big deal for Christopher Krabbe, but doing it with his twin brother at his side, “was the best thing I could ask for,” the second-grader said.
“Me, too,” said Isaac Krabbe, Christopher’s twin.
“We’re best friends and best brothers,” Christopher said.
The South Chicago Heights siblings were one of seven sets of twins, about 20 percent of this year’s Communion-making class at St. Elizabeth Seton, to gather inside the Orland Hills church Saturday for the special Mass that marked an important step toward becoming full members of the Catholic Church.
“This is a wonderful day,” the Rev. William Corcoran said. “It marks a happy milestone for these families.”
Communion, the act of symbolically receiving the body (blessed bread called hosts) and blood (wine) of Jesus Christ, is one of the Catholic Church’s seven sacraments. Each May, the church bestows the sacrament on baptized youngsters who are enrolled in either Catholic school or religious education programs.
Girls wearing white dresses and boys decked out in ties and jackets gather at the altar to receive the initial blessing.
The St. Elizabeth Seton participants attend either Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School or its after-school religious education program.
Corcoran began Saturday’s 10 a.m. Mass by asking all grandmothers and aunts in attendance to stand.
During the previous Thursday’s rehearsal, he said, the weather was miserable.
“I told all of the communicants to go home and call their aunts and grandmothers and ask them to pray for good weather,” he said.
Acknowledging the day’s sunny skies and 60-degree temperatures, he said, “Thank you.”
Corcoran said: “A friend of mine, Gene Smith, of St. Linus Parish in Oak Lawn, calls this the holiest day in the life of the parish. There is infectious enthusiasm.”
“This is such a blessing,” said Jenny Jesionowski, whose twin sons, Jacob and Joshua, were among the 74 communicants.
Dressed in a purple tie and cowboy boots, Joshua said he and his brother have a lot in common but also are very different. For example, he said: “I have blond hair and blue eyes. He doesn’t.”
Brunette Jacob, wearing black dress shoes, smiled and wrapped an arm around his brother.
“They’re very loving boys,” grandma Linda Neumann said.
John and Jodie D’Andrea, of Orland Hills, said their twin daughters — make that their second set of twin daughters — fall asleep with their arms around each other every night.
Sadie and Sophia D’Andrea are in the same class and on the same soccer team. On this day, they sat side by side in church, awaiting the procession to the altar.
“They always keep an eye on each other,” Jodie said.
“They’re best friends for life,” John said.
Twins enter life together, Corcoran said, and continue to play, fight and live life’s experiences side by side.
“And now they get to share this great moment,” he said.