On Sunday, 1 st October 2017, 18 children made their First Confession and Solemn Holy Communion in ss Peter and Paul’s Cathedral in North Melbourne.
The church was very crowded with both levels of seating filled to almost capacity. Preparations for this day started about three months ago at the Basilian Sisters convent in the parish. Sr. Lukia OSBM Superior has been preparing the Parish children for 45 years. Sr. Makryna OSBM for 30. There is a lot of years of experience in the catechists of this parish.
- First Confession and First Solemn Holy Communion, Melbourne
- Solemn Holy Communion at Sts Volodymyr and Olha at Woodville, Adelaide
- The first Holy Confession and solemn Holy Communion in Wayville
There was a lot of tradition in the ceremonies which were held last Sunday. Yet there were a lot of innovations as well. But some things never change. Children love God and they pray to Him. We need to pass our faith on to the new generation.
Bishop Peter explored the Gospel reading with the active participation of the children.
He asked the question.
- What did Jesus mean when He said “The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these” (Mark 10)?
- Why did Jesus say to adults “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter into the Kingdom” (Mt 18)?
- What qualities do children naturally have that Jesus says are important for salvation?
Together Bishop Peter and the children identified the fact that children always, at every moment of the day, want to be in the presence of their parents. They depend on their parents for everything. They immediately miss them when they are not about. Parents are icons of God. The Lord taught us to say: “Our Father who….”. Children’s attitudes to their parents are what each of us should have towards God.
Children constantly tell their parents that they love them as they love God. While we can call a child’s communication with its parents as talking, it is similar to the communication we have with God which we call prayer. Children naturally pray and want to pray.
Children are honest with their feelings and intentions. This is a very God like quality.
Parents are the first educators of their children. It is very necessary to have Catechism lessons but children figure out that, if their parents do not respect something, they will drop it themselves. Education is important but the continuing education of children throughout their life is even more important. Our own eventual salvation, our church, our community, and even society depends on the example of parents and the community. Our children will come with us.
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