FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: CCD STUDENTS AND THE LAST SUPPER
Some gifts are so great that we remember them for a lifetime; and one such gift is the reception of our First Holy Communion. For last school year’s First Communicants, 52 CCD students received this precious gift on Saturday, 14 May, 2016, at 2.00pm at Santuario de San Antonio.
In welcoming parents, relatives and friends, the students said, “we will finally be receiving Jesus for the very first time in Holy Communion today. He is coming to make His home in us and we welcome Him with excitement, love and great joy”. And so began the Eucharistic Celebration of happiness and thanksgiving – the culmination of ten weeks of studying about and preparing for, their own Last Supper.
The Presider was Father Reu Jose Galoy, OFM, Parish Priest and CCD’s Spiritual Advisor. In his homily, he began by asking the children whether they had had lunch? “But you know, it is not all about food”, he added. “It is about what we present to one another. What you ate was the sacrifice, love , and care of your parents”. So “when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, Jesus brings us all together. We come in communion with one another, to love one another”.
In her address, CCD Chair, Katty Roxas-Chua Qua, encouraged the children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist regularly to nourish their souls and to give them strength throughout their lives. She thanked the parents for giving their children the blessing of learning and receiving the Sacraments; Father Reu, the Presider; the CCD committee; and all those who were involved in making this – a memorable and a joyful Eucharistic Celebration. Last but not least, she thanked the dedicated First Holy Communion Teachers: Dottie Pasia, Tess Sarmiento, Lisa So, Doris Cuenca, Micki Po and Crissy Castillo.
CCD CONFIRMATION RITES
Last May 28, 2016, the CCD Ministry had the honor to mentor 62 students for Confirmation. This was the biggest batch ever to be confirmed and it is with utmost gratitude to know that the Spirit is behind its growth. Having seen the expansion of CCD in the past years, especially of those wanting to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, only attests to the need of us humans to get closer to our Creator, to fill that void deep inside us. That in the midst of all the chaos of the world, we hold on to faith and fervently pray that in learning about Him, we can better understand our purpose in this world.
To summarize the message of CCD Committee Chair, Katty Roxas-Chua Qua, the students have now been blessed with the Holy Spirit and have a deeper understanding of the faith. As the seeds of faith have been fed, the students are better able to recognize the truth with the gift of discernment. And as for the parents and godparents, she also reminded them of their responsibility to nurture these gifts and to be role
models on loving God and the Church.
The solemn event was lead by Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, and Santuario de San Antonio’s parish priest, Fr. Reu Jose Galoy. The event would not have been a success if not for the attention that the CCD Committee with Lia Te and Marivic Borromeo together with Leah Azarcon provided. Most of all, thank you for the grace that the dedicated Confirmation teachers, Mimi David, Nancy Gonewai, Yolanda Lomotan, Rolly Macabuag, and Rachelle Wenger, were given as they were able to volunteer their time, effort, and voice to share our faith to the students, aiming to always lead people we touch closer to God, closer to His purpose, and an understanding of one’s own gifts to make this world how the Creator has planned it.
As published in the August 7 issue of the Parish Bulletin.