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Many of us Barkurians who browse  through our wonderful website are happy to see the news and pictures of our children who are making their First Holy Communion. I am sure it  brought  many  beautiful memories of our own First Holy Communion day at  St. Peter the Apostle church in Barkur.  I would like to share my own memories hoping that it will enlighten our viewers and help them to share their memories with others.

Fr.Tony                               Rony

I made my First Holy Communion in April,  1971. There were 35 children in our class, including my twin brother. The associate pastor and sisters from our parish were the primary catechists in preparing us for our First Holy Communion. I still remember that wonderful Sunday morning Mass in our church. My mother, on the previous day, prepared us well. That Sunday morning we were awakened early as Mass was at 7:30 am and taken to church where we met our other classmates who were to receive their First Holy Communion.

At the beginning of the Mass, we processed in with the main celebrant to the altar and then sat in the front pews with our parents. Since our father was away my brother and I sat with our mother.
Our brothers and sisters, godparents and many relatives were also present in the church. After Mass, our parish priest, Fr. Aloysius Rosario, invited all of the new communicants  to the rectory for a tea party. I recall the words our parish priest said to all of us that day: "Today you are all happy because you received Jesus for the first time into your hearts. Continue to be happy and keep the flame of joy in your life always and make every effort to receive the Lord as often as you can."

Following the church celebration, we had a big celebration in our home with our family and friends who gave us their blessings and presents.

Today, I briefly share this memory with our First Holy Communion children and their families from  my home parish St. Peterís  mainly to show the universal concept of our Catholic Church and how we are all connected through the sacraments and our liturgical celebrations. We are the Sacramental Church, and we are "One Church" no matter where we live. Christ is the head of the church, and we are all members of his body.

May God bless our new Communicants  and their families.

Fr. Tony Andrade.

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