On Sunday, 25 April, you will begin to see some of the 34 children in this year’s Communion class receive their First Holy Communion. Space has been made available for up to four children to receive the sacrament at each mass, supported by a limited number of their immediate family members from the same household.
The children worked very hard this year, attending online sessions organized by Margaret van Emmerik and her team of teachers and being supported at home by their families. More than ever this year, the parents were active participants and important partners in the preparation of the children for this important milestone in their spiritual life
Margaret and her team adapted the classroom activities to be conducted online and came up with a varied program to keep the children engaged. Topics like Advent, Faith, Right & Wrong and the Sacrament of Reconciliation were explored in age-appropriate ways. The children undertook creative activities at home, listened to stories from the Bible, read out aloud at the online sessions, and were encouraged to speak up. In short, a wide variety of activities designed to make sure that the children were kept engaged and interested even if they could not be together in a classroom.
The children have learned their prayers, and have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Fr. Sjaak and Fr. Bosco. Now they are all looking forward to their big day! Well done and congratulations to our 2021 First Communicants! And a big, “THANK YOU”, to everyone who helped prepare them.