On Corpus Christi, we celebrated a special day in our parish, with nine children receiving their First Holy Communion. Many congratulations to Ethan, Finley, Frazer, Gabriella, Henry, Holly, Jessica, Samuel and Scott on your special day. And a special welcome to Samuel, Finley and Ethan who were received into the Catholic Church today. In addition, Ethan was baptised as part of today’s ceremony.
During his sermon, Fr 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.”
In keeping with our Family Mass tradition, the children’s choir led many of the hymns (This is the Day, Bind Us Together, Kumbaya and Sing Hosanna), accompanied by guitar, ukulele, violin and shakers and the First Holy Communion children read the bidding prayers.
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 special party table 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 – a task that Fr Charles seemed to really enjoy 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. Rebecca Clarke, who had instructed the children for their First Holy Communion, was presented with a lovely bunch of flowers by Jessica Rees before the day’s event was brought to a close with a round of applause for the children and a huge thank you to everyone involved in making the day a very special one, not just for the children and their families, but for the whole parish.