We congratulate the 60 children in our parish who received their First Holy Communion last weekend. Fifty-six celebrated the sacrament at St Joseph’s Church over three special Masses on Saturday, 16 October. The other four children received their First Holy Communion the following day – Sunday, 17 October – at Holy Cross Church in Much Hadham. Fr Antonio presided at all the Masses, which were all well attended by very proud parents, friends and relatives.
In his homily, Fr Antonio told the children that the day of their First Holy Communion should be regarded as the most important day of their lives because it was the day Jesus first came to them in a personal way as a “special guest and a guest of honour to love, protect and guide them”. He also thanked the parents present for their generosity in giving their children the gift of faith and urged them to continue to guide them so that the children will want to continue receiving Christ every Sunday. Fr Antonio called the children “the future of the Church” and expressed his hope that one day it will be their turn to pass on the faith.
We encourage everyone to keep praying for the 60 children as they continue their journey as young Christians, and thank the catechists for preparing the children for the sacrament.