On September 1, for the first time in many years, St Paul’s Chapel, Hardbargain, hosted the celebration of First Communion. Six girls and one boy received the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
The seven children, immaculately dressed in white, were addressed directly by Fr Karuna Kumar MSFS, chief celebrant and parish priest, during his homily. He also had a message for their parents: “Please parents, do not make your children orphans to Jesus. It is your responsibility to ensure that your child attends Mass and receives the Holy Eucharist.”
At the end of Mass, as the children eagerly went forward to receive their tokens, Fr Kumar posed this question to the only boy, Kyle Redhead: “Do you want to be a priest?” He replied “yes”. Fr Kumar then told the six girls to leave Kyle alone so that he could be a priest. This brought loud laughter from the congregation.
The First Communion catechists – Mrs A Seenarine and Mrs E Huggins, along with proud parents, parishioners and well-wishers witnessed the sacrament.
May God bless Fr Kumar, the catechists and the seven youngsters as they continue their journey in loving and serving our Lord.
– Annette Lall Singh, Princes Town