On Corpus Christi, we celebrated one of our parish’s most treasured ceremonies, with ten children receiving their First Holy Communion. Many congratulations to Winston, Lucia, Evie, Henry, Grainger, Anastasia, Caspian, Kayden, Lexie and Louis on your special day.
During his sermon, Father Charles addressed the First Holy Communion children directly, offering them the following advice: “Treasure this gift by which Jesus gives Himself to you personally and by name. Thank Him and accept this offer of His friendship and respond to what He asks of you: to love Him with deep sincerity and to show that love by your attitude and generosity to those you come in contact with throughout your lives.”
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In keeping with our Family Mass tradition, the children participated in the readings, bidding prayers and offertory procession. The children’s choir led some of the hymns (Here I Am, Lord, Peace is Flowing Like a River and Father We Adore You) whilst the First Holy Communion children delivered a beautiful rendition of Make Me a Channel of Your Peace. Our recessional hymn, Guide Me Thou O Great Redeemer, with organ and trumpet accompaniment, provided a rousing close to the Mass.
After Mass, there was the opportunity to pose for photos in the glorious sunshine before going to the hall for our parish party.
The First Holy Communion children sat at their own party table, organised by Angela Way, and tucked into all kinds of delicious goodies whilst family and friends chatted over a glass of wine or coffee and cakes. Then, the bell was rung to summon our attention to the formal slicing of the cake, with Father Charles sporting a wide smile as he wielded the large sharp knife! Every First Holy Communion child received a slice of cake with their name on it and the rest was shared out with parishioners.
Rebecca Clarke, who had instructed the children for their First Holy Communion, was presented with a beautiful bunch of flowers by Anastasia Rees
This year, the parish made an extra effort to bring a true sense of parish celebration – white bunting greeted parishioners at the gate, the graveyard and flower beds were pristine, the hall was decorated with festive bunting and balloons while each table was set with white linen and a posy of wild flowers. Before bringing the event to a close with a round of applause for the children, Father Charles said a special thank you to everyone (too many to mention individually) involved in making the day a really special one, not just for the children and their families, but for the whole parish.