Sunday November 24th 2019 was not only the Feast of Christ the King but also the celebration of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion of 18 children both from the English and Tamil speaking community at the Church of St. Joseph, Sentul. What special way to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King!!
The day started with the blessing from parish priest Fr. George followed by group photography session at the grotto. The children walked in procession with their parents with a stalk of rose which was later placed in the basket at the altar. The mass was presided by Monsignor James and con-celebrated by Fr. George. Just like the previous years, the mass was animated entirely by the parents of the children ; from reading to hospitality duty. The parents were equally excited as the children to animate the mass.
The children were quite nervous which was obvious on their faces, yet the excitement to receive the Sacrament was equally visible. The children were very attentive and participated very well at mass. When it was time to receive communion, the children walked up the altar with reverence. At this moment seeing the smile on their faces and their parents was priceless.
The children had been practicing the community song “Every Move I Make” and couldn’t wait to perform it at the altar for the congregation. By the grace of the Holy Spirit , the children performed it beautifully. The congregation did enjoy it and we were very proud of them, there’s never a dull moment with these children.
At the end of mass, the children were presented with their First Holy Communion certificate by Monsignor James. Each child had the privilege of taking individual pictures with Monsignor. Next, they were presented with their craft work that was done during the camp together with a prayer book.
Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Fr. George, Monsignor James, Sister Amy and team who conducted the camp, all parents and catechists who journeyed with the children in preparing the children for the Sacrament. A big thank you to all for coming together and ensuring this year was another memorable moment to remember.
By Emiliene Sharon