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September 17, 2019 Misc. Thanks 2 comments

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The focus of many of my hours every week from September to May is being a catechist in parish religious education for my four classes of second graders. In both parishes, second grade is when the children celebrate first reconciliation and first holy Communion. I have been preparing children to receive first holy Communion now for 14 years.

Someone recently asked me, as a catechist, what do I think parents should keep in mind as they guide their children toward first holy Communion? Well, here’s my response—five things I’d advise any parent to do to help their child prepare to receive the Eucharist for the first time.

1. Go to Sunday Mass.

Every week I tell the children it is important to go to Sunday Mass, and to please ask their parents to take them. I teach the children how beautiful, important and special it is to receive Jesus’ body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist. If receiving Jesus in holy Communion is wonderful and special, then we would want to at least receive the Eucharist every Sunday. I implore families, don’t let “being too busy,” sports or anything keep you from going to Mass. I compare trying to live a Catholic life without Mass like trying to grow a plant without water. It will wither and die.

2. Talk about the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist with your child.

The real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is our belief that the bread and wine truly become the body and blood of Jesus. The Eucharist is not a symbol or a sign, but Jesus truly present.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds Catholics Jesus’ “presence is not momentary nor simply signified, but wholly and permanently real under each of the consecrated species of bread and wine.” The Council of Trent affirmed that “the true body and blood of our Lord, together with his soul and divinity, exist under the species of bread and wine. His body exists under the species of bread and his blood under the species of wine, according to the import of his words.”

Near the start of our year of religious education, I tell my classes they are about to learn the most important thing all year: It is that the Eucharist is “really, really, really Jesus.” I come back to this over and over through the year.

I can’t remember how I reacted to the idea that through the prayers of the priest and the power of the Holy Spirit that God could become what appears to be bread and wine. When I stop to think about it, it really is amazing.

Talk with your child and make sure they understand the real presence. Try not to say “getting bread and wine.” Instead talk about “receiving the precious body and precious blood.”

A survey by Pew Research Forum and the Center for Applied Research in Apostolate, known as CARA, of self-identified adult Catholics showed that 45 to 50 percent of Catholics did not know the Catholic Church teaches belief in the real presence. If Catholics truly believed they were receiving Jesus Christ — body, blood, soul and divinity  — wouldn’t they all be at Mass every Sunday and receiving the Eucharist reverently?

3. Model reverence and focus on the sacrament when celebrating first holy Communion.

First holy communion is an exciting time. There are special outfits, relatives and friends gathering and making a fuss, parties being planned, presents and the pageantry of the day. But please be careful for your child to be too caught up in the clothes, the party and the presents. It would be normal and natural for any child to focus on these happy things. Remind your child why all these wonderful and fun things are happening because they will be receiving Jesus in holy Communion for the first time.

4. Receive Communion with reverence and practice receiving Holy Communion at home with your child.

The more they practice, the more comfortable they will be, and less nervous on the day of first Communion. Also, kids think it is fun to practice!

Here is an easy-to-follow guide to use at home:

  • You can use any sort of small cracker (I use oyster crackers) to help them become comfortable with the sequence of how to receive.
  • Process with hands folded in prayer, singing the Communion hymn.
  • When it is his or her turn, he or she should make a slight bow of the head — this is our sign of reverence. No need to bow from the waist. I tell them if their hair is flipping, it’s too big a bow.
  • Everyone has the personal choice to receive on the tongue or in the hand. When teaching about how to receive in the hand, children should make a throne with their hands as if they are receiving a king. The hands should be one underneath the other, usually the dominant hand on the bottom.
  • When the priest says “The body of Christ,” look at the host and respond “Amen” firmly like you believe it!
  • Use the underneath hand to pick up the host and consume it immediately.
  • Fold hands in prayer and process back to your seat to make a prayer of thanksgiving.
  • If receiving on the tongue, gently extend your tongue after saying “Amen.”
  • There is no need to make the sign of the cross after receiving. The bow before receiving is the sign of reverence.

 

I tell the children if they watch carefully every week during the Communion procession, they will see some adults who are good examples and some not very good examples, so the children need to be the extra good examples for the grown-ups.

5. Praise and thank God for the great gift of Communion.

St. Pius X called holy Communion “the shortest and surest way to heaven.” So not only on the day of first holy Communion, but after every Communion, we all should praise and thank God the great gift of our Lord received in the Eucharist.

Prayer after Communion
Lord Jesus, I love and adore you. You’re a special friend to me. Welcome, Lord Jesus, O welcome. Thank you for coming to me.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, O thank you for giving yourself to me. Make me strong to show your love wherever I may be.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay, close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all of us children in your loving care and bring us to heaven to live with you there.

 

My First Communion Journal

This beautiful First Communion journal is full of fun ways for Catholic kids to prepare for, remember, and live out their First Holy Communion. With its colorful design, prayers, devotions, special activities, and quotes from the saints and Scriptures, the My First Communion Journal can be used both before and after the child’s First Communion day.

 

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Last weekend was a very special time in the Mary Immaculate Parish. Sixty six (66) children gathered at Mary Immaculate Church to celebrate and receive their First Holy Communion. I believe the First Communicants will remember and cherish this occasion for many years to come. Each time we receive the Eucharist we remember the love of God in the Blessed Sacrament. As parents it is important that our children are given the opportunity to receive Holy Communion regularly. By attending mass, receiving communion and participating in the life of the Parish allows the children to experience the grace and presence of Jesus in their lives and assists them to grow stronger in their faith. A special vote of thanks to Mr O’Brien, Mrs King, Mrs Thomas and the Parish Sacramental Team, for their input, organisation and preparation of the children and the lovely liturgies. 

First Holy Communion

On Saturday 14the of September I arrived at school ready for my First Holy Communion. 

The first thing I had to do was go into the Hall and get my sash and pin. Then everyone making their communion on Saturday arrived and each of our names got called and we had to line up with our partner so we could walk into the Church. When we got to the Church one of the groups started to walk and then another and another until it was me and my partner's turn to walk up. We had to walk at the same time and bow when we got the the stairs then walk to our pew. 

When I sat down I saw my family on the pew with me. After the hymn finished Father walked in and greeted us then Kristianna did the first reading. After that we sang another hymn then it was time for the Prayer of the Faithful. After we all prayed I took a look at the screen and it said " Please wait for the children to receive communion first". Then everyone who was making their First Holy Communion took a step out and started walking to receive the bread. After we did that we kneeled and said our prayer. After everyone went home to celebrate, but I didn't. I went to the RSL at Campbelltown. 

By Tavara

First Holy Communion

On Sunday it was my First Holy Communion. First Holy Communion is a very special sacrament of the Church where you get to try the bread of Jesus Christ. 

Firstly my mum and dad drove my nanna, my sister and I to the Church. When we got to the school we took some pictures out the front. Then we had to go into the Hall to get a sash and heaps of pictures. Then I got to see all my friends and family for a few more minutes before we had to process into the Church. 

When all of the students processed into the Church wa all stood and sang a little hymn called Let the Children Come. After we sand the entrance hymn we sat down and went through the Prayers of the Faithful and Father's Homily. We had to kneel 3 different times. 

Then Father said "Then Jesus broke the bread and giving it to his disciples saying take this in memory of me, this is my body which will be given up for you." Then Father took the chalice and said Jesus' words "Take this and drink it is my blood which will be given up for you." Then Father blesses the bread and blood of Jesus Christ and came down to the front and gave the Holy Communion people the break first. When you go up to the priest he will say "The body of Chirst" and you say "Amen". Amen mean yes I believe. After you receive communion you go back to your pew and say a prayer. Then Father said his words and the mass was ended. 

When the mass was finished my family and friends came to The Grange Golf Club down the road and we celebrated. After we went home and had cake and presents. 

By Hannah

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My good Jesus,
I thank Thee with all my heart for giving me Thyself,
the Source of all graces, in holy communion.
I thank Thee for all the blessings
that I have received from Thee,
especially through the Holy Eucharist,
in which Thou art ever present to console us
and to help us in our needs.

In thanksgiving of all Thy favours,
I offer Thee all that I am and have.
Dispose of me according to Thy pleasure.
May Thy will be done in me and through me now and forever.

Jesus, receive my poor offering.
What can I give Thee?
I give myself to Thee, that I may always serve Thee.
I give Thee my body, that it may be chaste and pure.
I give Thee my soul, that it may be free from sin.
I give Thee my heart, that it may always love Thee.
I give Thee every breath that I shall breathe, and
especially my last;
I give Thee myself in life and in death, that I may be
Thine forever and glorify Thee eternally.

Remember the words of Jesus:
"Ask and you shall receive," and pray for yourself.

O Jesus, wash away my sins with Thy precious blood.

O Jesus, the struggle against temptation is not yet
finished.
My Jesus, when temptation comes near me,
make me strong against it.
In the moment of temptation may I always say,
"Jesus, mercy!"
"Mary, help of Christians, help me!"

O Jesus, may I lead a good life;
may I die a happy death.
May I receive Thee in Holy Viaticum
before I die.
May I say when I am dying,
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
I give you my heart and soul."

Listen now for a moment to Jesus;
perhaps He has something to say to you.
There may be some promise you have made and broken,
which He wishes you to make again and keep.
Answer Jesus in your heart,
and tell Him all your troubles.
Then pray for others.

O Jesus, have mercy on Thy holy Church.
Bless our Holy Father,
and grant what he asks of Thee.

O Jesus, have pity on all sinners, heretics, and infidels.
Save them by Thy most precious blood.

O Jesus, bless my father, my mother, my brothers and
sisters;
my relatives, friends and benefactors;
and all for whom I have promised to pray;
bless them as Thy kind Heart know how to bless them.

O Jesus, have pity on the poor souls suffering in
purgatory,
and give them eternal rest.

Amen.

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Even as pope, Francis considers himself a parish priest—“the world’s parish priest” as he once told a friend. This morning, he presided in a small Catholic enclave more than 100 miles from Sofia, the capital city. The young people, all dressed in white and accompanied by their parents and friends, had come from far and wide for this momentous occasion.

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He is the first pope to come to Rakovski, and the people’s joy was apparent. They waved flags and banners, chanted, applauded and cheered as he passed by in the popemobile. Francis got down from the vehicle to walk among them, shake hands and bless young and old. Bulgaria is known as “the land of roses,” and Francis smiled when one young boy gave him a red rose.

He celebrated Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, which was built after the 1928 earthquake thanks to the efforts of Archbishop Angelo Roncalli, who later became Pope John XXIII and whom Francis canonized along with John Paul II—the first pope to come to this country. The church was packed to capacity, and tens of thousands gathered outside to follow the Mass on Jumbotrons.

When it came to the homily, Francis spoke in a way the children could understand and kept it short. He told them he was happy to be with them and their parents, relatives and friends on this day and offered them the traditional Easter greeting in Bulgaria: “Christos vozkrese!” (“Christ is risen!”)

“Dear boys and girls,” he said, “you have come here from every corner of this ‘land of roses’ to take part in a wonderful celebration. I am sure you will never forget this day: your first encounter with Jesus in the sacrament of the Eucharist.”

He told them: “We rejoice because, for love of us, Jesus gave his life on the cross and destroyed sin. He rose again and made us adopted sons and daughters of God the Father. We are joyful because he is alive and present among us, today and always.”

Then, speaking to them as he used to address children back in Buenos Aires, Francis said: “One of you might ask me: How can we meet Jesus? He lived a long time ago, but then he died and was laid in the tomb! It is true: Jesus carried out an immense act of love to save human beings of all times. He remained in the tomb for three days, but we know—the Apostles and many other witnesses who saw him alive have assured us—that God, his Father and ours, raised him up. Now Jesus is alive and is here with us. That is why we can encounter him today in the Eucharist. We do not see him with our physical eyes, but we do see him with the eyes of faith.”

He told them they looked “beautiful” dressed in their white robes for a celebration. “First Communion, Francis said, “is, above all, a celebration. We celebrate Jesus, who wants to remain always by our side. He will always be with us.” He reminded them that this celebration was made possible thanks to their parents and grandparents, their families and communities, their catechists and priests who “have also accompanied you on the road that today leads you to meet Jesus and to receive him in your hearts.”

In his homily, translated instantly on large screens, he told them: “This is our identity card: God is our Father, Jesus is our brother, the church is our family. All of us are brothers and sisters, and our law is love.”

At the end of the homily, which was enriched by beautiful singing and the sounds of drums, guitar and tambourines, he talked with them, with the aid of a translator, and got them to repeat the text of their “identity card.” When they had done so, he asked, “Are we enemies?” They shouted “no!” He asked, “Are we friends?” They shouted “yes!” And he ended by telling them, “Yes, we are friends, we are brothers and sisters, we are called Christians, and our law is love.”

He asked them “to always pray with the same enthusiasm and joy that you feel today” and to “remember that this is the sacrament of your first Communion, not your last! And remember, too, that Jesus is always there, waiting for you.”

He said he hoped “that today will be the beginning of many Communions, so that your hearts may always, like today, be festive, full of joy and, above all else, gratitude.”

Then, before giving them Communion, he spoke again and told them: “Now you will receive Jesus. Don’t think of anything else; just think of Jesus. Receive him in silence. Make silence in your heart. Remember this is the first time you receive him.” He then gave holy Communion to all 245 children, one by one.

It was a day they will always remember, as will the 68,000 Catholics that live in this “land of the roses.” Pope Francis will remember it, too: They released a shower of white rose petals on him as he left the altar.

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