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'Tis the season when young people of various faiths celebrate rites of passage or mark the next steps in their religious journey. Congratulate the children and teens below, and create a Celebrations page for someone you love.

For Catholics, the sacrament of First Communion--the first time a child receives the Eucharist--is the second step into full initiation in the church, after baptism and before confirmation.
More: Four Ways to Prepare for First Communion
Celebrate the First Communion of:
  • Lawrence Thomas
  • Megan Smith
  • Brianna Ellis
  • Anna Marie White
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    Signaling the initiation of the baptized into full church membership and a personal mature acceptance of the faith, Catholics and Orthodox Christians recognize confirmation as one of seven sacraments. Most Protestant denominations don't consider it a sacrament but view it as a rite of initiation into full Christian discipleship.
    More: A Confirmation Remembered
    Celebrate the Confirmation of:
  • Christopher York
  • Eileen Wyatt
  • Leann Byrne
  • Mandy Carmo
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    The culmination of a yearlong experience during which teens explore UU principles, practices, and history, work on a service project, and, with a mentor, develop a personal credo statement, which they present to the entire congregation.
    More: Nourishing the Spirit
    Celebrate the Coming of Age of:
  • Gary Conger
  • Erna Adelson
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    In Reform Jewish practice, this marks a student's graduation from religious school. Confirmation is observed on or near Shavuot, which starts on May 27 this year.
    More: Commonly asked questions about Jewish Confirmation
    Celebrate the Confirmation of:
  • Andrew Weinstein
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    A rite of passage celebrating fertility and adulthood between ages 13 and 18, often held on Beltane (May Day). Rituals may include the choosing of personal deities, the taking of a circle name, and blessings and magical gifts from the coven.
    More: Learn about female and male Wiccan rites of passage.
    Celebrate the Coming of Age of:
  • Sprite
  •  
    Create your own!
     
    Did we leave a spring ritual out?
    Write us and tell us about it and how you celebrate.

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