KOTA KINABALU – Archbishop John Wong urged the parents of first communicants to help them “fall in love with Jesus” in a homily on 28 Oct 2017.
He said this during the Sunset Mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here where 146 children including six from the Sign Language Class received Jesus for the first time.
He explained that if the children are helped to fall in love with Jesus, it will be the beginning of a relationship with Him.
Joining him at the altar was Msgr Nicholas Ong of Sandakan Diocese.
Around 87 children received their first Holy Communion at the BM Mass Oct 29 while another 45 will receive theirs at the Chinese Mass on Nov 5.
First Holy Communion is the common name for a person’s first reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist. The Church recognises the importance of this event as the Eucharist is the central focus of the sacramental life of the Catholic Church.
Special clothing is usually worn. The clothing is often white to symbolise purity. Girls often wear fancy dresses and a veil attached to a headdress while the boys will wear a bow tie.
After the Mass all adjourned to the parish hall for the reception and presentation of certificates.