Fifteen children made their First Holy Confession and received their Solemn Holy Communion on Sunday October 4 2015. Weekly from June they and their parents have been preparing for this day at the parish under the direction of the Basilian Sisters. The cathedral was full to overflowing with family, friends and guests, some of whom travelled long distances.
The children were very well prepared. They lead the congregation in responses for many parts of the liturgy. The choir lead the other parts.
Bishop Peter spoke with the children during the Divine Liturgy. He asked them to tell him what was important in their lives and why it was important. A lively discussion followed. The children stated that their parents, grandparents, God, the church, Jesus Christ, prayer, the Ukrainian community and the earth were priorities for them. The responses showed a real maturity and deep faith. A discussion followed on to the place and meaning of prayer in their lives. The parish community is proud of their youngest members.
The children themselves then thanked a number of people who helped prepare them. Amongst them were their families and the Sisters.
The class of 2015 included:
Cathryn Barker, Kristian Burlak, Benjamin Chihotski, Ceejay Cicala, Britney Disher, Rebecca Disher, Nina Kostka, Kalyna Kogut, Marijana Lescesin, Oliver Ray Marshall, Joshua Pilling, Mathew Pilling, Mathew Ron Staszko, Isobel Cate Tandy, Daniel Denley
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