Monday, 20 May 2019

First Holy Communions

Congratulations to our First Holy Communicants 
who received the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament yesterday.

We celebrated a beautiful Mass with worthy music
and a full church. Only a small number of children but all from practising families, so their appearance is not a one-off and their first Communion will not be their last Communion. 
It's sad that their aren't more, of course, as there should be but at least this is a real spiritual step in their lives and not just a party organised by the school.

One of my hopes for the Synod in our diocese is that it will tackle the appalling and much ignored fact that the vast majority of children in our "Catholic" schools are in fact atheists/agnostics/ liberal humanists. A strong word perhaps but what else can describe people who have no desire to play a part in the life of the Church, contribute nothing to its mission and upkeep, have no perceivable attachment to the community which is the Body of Christ and no knowledge of the Truths of the Faith?

The celebrations continued afterwards with a splendid cake
and here we are cutting it.


David O'Neill said...

Always a wonderful occasion. I still remember mine during WW2 when we each had to take loose tea for the breakfast. In those days it was still fasting from midnight. Our prayers for the communicants & their families.

Unknown said...

A wonderful, holy occcasion which I am sure the children will always remember.

Thank you Father Simon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Father for a wonderful first holy communion mass yesterday. It really was great to see so many people there and the church full. Thanks to Anthony for superb music as always.