We transferred to Peniel Integrated Academy this year. And since it is not a catholic homeschooling provider, one of the concerns I had was how can Yesha receive her First Holy Communion (FHC). She is now in grade 3 (8 years old), which is the minimum age to receive this sacrament.
Initially, my option was to avail the FHC offered by our parish church. But then, I was apprehensive that Yesha may not appreciate the catechetical classes due to her difficulty with Filipino as a medium of instruction.
Second, upon scouring the Facebook page on Homeschoolers, I found that the Living Saints Homeschool Support is also offering FHC services. But we were already late. So I thought, maybe next school year.
But fortunately, the Children’s Ministry of Christ the King Parish (Greenmeadows) announced that they are going to hold FHC and its required 5 catechetical classes including the sacrament of reconciliation. I was so happy! The timing was also perfect!
So just this November 23, Yesha received her First Holy Communion at Christ the King. The ministry’s project was really a blessing to our family. I appreciated their classes since Yesha was able to take home Godly messages. The catechists led by teacher Mina have really done their best to teach the children since day one.
The First Holy Communion itself felt intimate and meaningful to me. I loved how Rev. Fr. Steve called all the children in front and delivered his message through a very interactive and engaging story. He focused his homily on the children and knew how to get the children’s attention. In the end, he also addressed the parents and emphasized the significant role of the family on these young children’s spiritual growth.
After the mass, the children has their individual photo op session with Fr Steve and while kneeling in front of the cross.
Of course, the daddy-daughter tandem had also their photo session