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After two years of sitting at home, I look forward to every religious ceremony going now

Bill Linnane


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Communion celebrations are back. Picture posed

Communion celebrations are back. Picture posed

Communion celebrations are back. Picture posed

I haven’t worn a suit in a while. In some respects, this is a good thing — it means there have been no funerals, but it also means no hooleys, shindigs, or knees-ups. Covid put a halt to our gallop and in that time I just assumed that I could sit at home comfort-eating brownies, blondies and just about anything made with several pounds of butter, and that my body wouldn’t change all that much. Last Saturday morning was a rude awakening as I struggled to find a suit in the wardrobe that still fit me, as my middle son was making his First Holy Communion.

It might have been a while since I had to dress up, but this wasn’t a situation where I could take the risk of dressing down. You never want to be one of those chino-and-polo-shirt churchgoers who didn’t seem to get the memo that Jesus is really just a celestial Anna Wintour and that when He throws a soiree you need to put the effort in; nobody wore chinos to the Last Supper, which was really the Met Gala of its day.


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