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1st Holy Communion Mass, May 16 2004

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Five children of our congregation (including two of my own) celebrated the sacrament of First Holy Communion in May, 2004. I was quite pleased with their preparation and with the mass itself. We were blessed to have such a caring and considerate person to guide our children through this special sacrament.
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The children attended religious education most Sundays (directly after mass), and had several extra meetings during the week to prepare for their First Penance. Father Healy and the children's teacher (Mrs. Hazel Heine) led the kids step by step through the examination of conscience, prayers and procedures of confession. They had the opportunity to look at the confessional during one of their classes. The kids were relaxed and not upset when it was time for the reconciliation service and First Confession. Afterwards, they were given a certificate and some small presents, which they still cherish. One special present was an ink pen on a cord on which the words "What would Jesus do?" were printed. Now, when we have conflicts at home, these are the words which we repeat. After the Reconciliation Service we all adjourned to the community hall for a pizza party with Father Healy.
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The First Holy Communion mass was very special for us. Because there were only five children in the group, it was an intimate mass in which each first communicant played a special role. The children did the readings, brought the gifts forward, prepared the altar, and sang two special songs. One of the songs, done together with the schola, was in place of the Prayers of the Faithful. The song was called "Light a Candle for the Children of the World" and was so moving that some people had to wipe away a tear or two...........
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After the mass, the congregation congratulated the First Communicants with a fine reception in the community hall. It was a very special day for us and our children - one which we will remember for years to come.
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