A Wonderful Celebration

Our final First Communion Celebration this year was on 17th June. It was an opportunity for all the children who had received the Sacrament, to come together and celebrate with each other. What a joy, to have children from 16 countries and many nationalities and cultures, Poland, India, Africa, Philippines, Hong Kong, China, Ireland and England to name but a few.

One family had already had a remarkable journey in their lives.  A mother and three children had travelled for months from Eritrea to finally ‘settle’ and call Harborne their home.  It’s hard to imagine their  joy and jubilation.  Their pride and joy could not have been more evident on this day.  Knowing they had a community and family in St. Mary’s Church, who were surrounding them with so much love.

And only a few weeks later, the planning begins for the next academic year.  Already the diaries are out and the dates have been entered.

To my delight, Simon Bishop (Jesuit Novice Master) has asked if his 7 novices can be part of the programme. These men will each shadow one of our catechists to gain experience and confidence when working with young people in the Church (sr. Brenda McCole, NDS)

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