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…