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Pastoral Ponderings . . .
Sheri Hanson, Director of Child & Middle School Youth Ministry
This weekend 55 children will celebrate their First Eucharist at St. Joseph Parish.
Similar to how their families presented them at Baptism, their families accompany them today as they receive Jesus in the Eucharist. What a truly amazing gift these families share with their children! It is a wonderful sign that our parish is teaching our children to follow Jesus.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls us to keep his word, promising us his Father’s love if we do. While we strive to follow Jesus’ teachings, most of us will admit that sometimes it is challenging. As the 2nd graders discussed at our retreats, sometimes it is really difficult to refrain from hitting our younger sisters, to share our toys and to attend Mass joyfully. We discussed that at Reconciliation, we receive forgiveness for the times we fail.
However, we also reflected on how Jesus gives us support in our efforts to follow him. In today’s Gospel, Jesus spoke of sending the Holy Spirit to us. At our First Eucharist retreat, our children talked about how the members of this parish support them on their faith journey, as they in turn can support others. Furthermore, the communicants recognized that at Mass they would receive a special grace through the reception of the Holy Eucharist.
Our communicants are appropriately anxious, but also are very excited to join our Catholic family in this intimate relationship with Jesus. They expressed concern about following the proper procedure for receiving the Bread and Wine – placing their non-dominant hand on top, taking a small sip of wine, and walking in the right direction. However, they understood that what was most significant about this weekend was that for the first time they would receive the Body and Blood of Christ.
Thank you for joining us in celebrating this sacrament – and for making room for them in our community and in our pews. Please continue to welcome our children by joining our parish celebration after Mass.
Read more about what is happening in our parish in this week’s Bulletin.