Random week in June notes

It’s not the end of June yet, but it’s been an eventful week so these little snippets aren’t completely random. Our fourth child received his First Holy Communion last Sunday. He was so ready for it, it was such a joy. His older brother’s event two years ago had seen a packed church and barely…

First Holy Communion Perfection

Recently our eldest boy received his first Holy Communion along with 38 other children at one of four first Holy Communion Masses at our parish this month. As with any big occasion where there are families, high emotions, layers of traditions, and a lack of personal space involved, there were some truly memorable moments…the delightful,…

Last weekend

Last Sunday our big boy received his first Holy Communion, and it was a great day full of memorable moments. He was thoroughly spoilt by our extended family, including his godmother who made a wonderful cake (pictured). Everyone in our family tends to bring food when we have something on at our place – which…

Great gifts for children’s First Holy Communion, Confirmation

From my Catholic Weekly column We’re well and truly into First Holy Communion season, judging by the smattering on my Facebook feed of photos of people’s children in white dresses and veils or suits and angelic smiles. Prompted by this, and a reader who wrote in asking for suggestions of catechetical resources as gifts for…

Obligation and Love

From a recent column in The Catholic Weekly. Obligation and love Last Sunday’s Hannah’s first holy communion Mass was wonderful. After the reflection hymn ended and as our priest invited the children to the altar to receive their certificates, I thanked for God for the privilege and joy of raising children in the faith, and…

Tell me your First Holy Communion memories

It’s one of my favourite memories from when I was a kid, and I remember the day before as much as the day itself. The day was pretty cool, especially feeling all grown up and having my relatives all come and make a huge fuss of me. But the day before I felt pure joy. As my parents cleaned and tidied and organised…