Pastoral Notes 21st June 2015

COMMUNION & COMMUNITY

A great deal of hard work, instruction and planning goes into the preparation for the children to receive their First Holy Communion. We think of it primarily in connection with the children receiving this great Sacrament, ‘God’s greatest gift’, but, in the same breath it is an occasion for family and friends from all over to come and share in the day, in the Mass. It is self-evidently not a private, but a public celebration of the whole of God’s family. We receive Holy Communion together. At his Last Supper Jesus says: Love one another as I have loved you (John 15:12). Our various churches around the parish become increasingly places of friendship, unity and care for one another and the wider community too. We can witness their importance. So we pray for those receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time, but also for the deepening of our communion with one another, with our Christian mission to our world.