Celebration of First Communion – 2019
He enouraged the children to receive communion regularly because the Eucharist is a privilage, and Jesus himself said: who eats my body will have life eternal.
On the seventh Sunday in ordinary time, June 2nd 2019, thirteen children joined the Lord’s table for the first time and received the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood. The children prepared for this important day through parish catechism led by their catechism teacher Marica, and prior to this special day they also received, for the first time, the sacrament of reconciliation. The solemn celebration of Mass, where the children received their sacrament and little Iva Rose received the sacrament of baptism, was led by Fr. Marko; our pastor who was also celebrating his last Sunday in our parish before moving to Hamilton, Ontario. The children were led, dressed in their ceremonial attire, into the parish church where along with their family and friends they worshiped with their whole heart their Lord and Saviour.
At the start of the homily Fr. Marko brought out a large box in which there was a professional camera. He asked the children and everyone present if they knew how to take pictures using the professional camera?! In order to know how to use this camera we have an instruction manual. We are all God’s creatures. We also have instruction manuals! Do you know what that would be? With packages there is always a manual, our manual is the Bible, said Fr. Marko. He enouraged the children to receive communion regularly because the Eucharist is a privilage, and Jesus himself said: who eats my body will have life eternal. At the end of the homily the pastor welcomed little Iva Rose who through baptism became a part of the parish community.
The sacrament of Eucharist was received by Magdalena, Maya R., Maya L., Martina K., Martina S., Kaia, Madeline, Niko, Brady, Nikolina, Leonard, Vito and Elani. The celebration of Mass was enriched with singing by the parish choir and playing by Katarina Krekoski.
Prior to the final blessing Fr. Marko displayed to the parishioners the Charter of the Republic of Croatia which was presented to him in Hamilton by the president of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. This Charter was given to the parish of St. Nicholas Tavelic for their contribution in preserving and strengthening the connections between homeland and emigrated Croatia.
Following the final prayers and blessing, the children took pictures and received gifts and mementos which will always remind them of the day they first received Christ into their hearts.
Photo: Mike Sudoma