It was on the Feast of the Holy Family on 26th of December 2021 at 8 am that 24 children accompanied by their parents marched with eagerness for the reception of the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time, dressed in white symbolizing purity and newness.
Rev Fr Anil Canute D Mello, Parish Priest celebrated the Holy Eucharist and Rev Fr
Bonaventure Rodrigues, Spiritual Director of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bengaluru, Rev Fr Timothy Saldanha and Rev Fr Norbert, OFM Cap. were the concelebrants.
Rev Fr Bonaventure Rodrigues preached an inspirational homily in which Three Readings of the day were explained through narration of incidents turning the spotlight on the ways and means of how a family can be the transmitter of many Moral Values – Value of Teamwork, Value of Adjustment and Tolerance, Value of Persistence and Effort. He further emphasized on the Role of the Parents in the care and all-round development of their children and the duties and responsibilities of the youth and children in families.
Rev Fr Anil D Mello planned the Liturgy in such a way that every child had a part to play in Proclaiming the Word, Sing the Psalm, Introduction to the Mass, Prayers of the Faithful, Prayer after Communion.
Certificate of participation in catechism classes, scapular, Rosary and a copy of Konkani New Testament were gifted to the First Communicants. The Parish Priest and Mrs. Celestine Saldanha- Coordinator of Sunday Catechism Classes helped the children in their preparation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.