The cathedral at North Melbourne was entirely full for the solemnities which were held on 7th October 2018. Eight boys and one girl were honoured as they made their first confession and Solemn Holy Communion. This in itself is an acknowledgement that they are on their way to adult life.
Our church around the world follows this ritual which expresses the fact that these children have reached the age of reason.
- First Solemn Holy Communion in Perth
- First Confession and First Solemn Holy Communion, Melbourne
- Solemn Holy Communion at Sts Volodymyr and Olha at Woodville, Adelaide
The Basilian Sisters in North Melbourne have been leading the course which usually lasts for 4 ½ months for over 45 years. One of the mothers on Sunday stated that years ago she was in the same place as her son was today.
Speaking with Bishop Peter during the homily the children stated that they had personally come to know Jesus Christ during the process. A few others said that while they did not know what to expect when they started, they were very pleased that they had a chance to go through the courses.
Speaking of penance (confession) some of the children said that the sacrament made them feel “very good”. In other words, confession was a healing process.
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