To Cady-and her parents'- dismay, leaders of St. John the Evangelist school, the institution where the fourth grader studied were not impressed. The parish priest Reverend Sammie L. Maletta and the school administrators contacted them prior to her First Communion service and informed them that in case she would wear the suit, she would not receive any First Communion rites at the same time as her classmates. Church officials said she must conform to the dress code laid down by the church. This involves wearing a skirt. If she is not willing to do so, she must have a private ceremony. All these are options that make Cady unaccepted.
Cady was naturally heartbroken to hear such strictures. Her mother told the media that she was excited about the event as she felt that the event will bring her a step nearer to attaining full church membership. She wanted to become the altar server. When contacted, the church authorities said that dress codes are uniformly imposed on all parish school students and on religious rites.
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