The First Holy Communion Mass took place on Saturday 17th June and was a very special celebration for the twenty-five children receiving this Sacrament and also their families. The children have worked very hard at their preparation classes with Fr. Nicholas over the last few months and he has very much enjoyed getting to know them and helping them prepare for this special day.
The children practised in Church during the weeks leading up to the Mass and made beautiful artwork to decorate the Church. We were very fortunate to have such wonderful weather and the children looked amazing in their outfits. We were very proud of how every child participated so reverently and confidently in the Mass, they read and sang beautifully and supported each other very well throughout the whole celebration. The most important and reverent time in the Mass came when, one by one, each child was called by their name to come and receive the Eucharist. Before the Mass ended the children gathered together on the altar to say a prayer and sing a hymn. This was also a very special moment as proud parents, family members and guests, and school staff watched our wonderful children. Thank you to everyone who attended the Mass and made this such a memorable occasion for the children.
St. Dominic’s is one of the very few schools in the Diocese who continue to prepare the children for Reconciliation and Communion within the school and this involves a commitment of additional work and attending after-school classes for the staff involved. Thank you to Miss Cleary, the RE Leader, for all her work helping the children to prepare during their classes over the last few months. Thanks also to the Year 3 and 4 team of staff, particularly Mrs Phoenix, Miss Thambyah, Miss Akanbi-Guei, Miss Carey and Miss Self. These members of staff were very involved in creating the artwork, supporting after-school classes, organising rehearsals and practising with the children. Thank you also to other members of staff who decorated the Church so beautifully, prepared the programme and helped with events on the day. We would also like to thank our School Chaplain, Fr. Nicholas, for all his work helping the children to prepare and receive this important Sacrament. Finally, thank you to our music teacher Mr Gamage and the children who came along to support the Mass and sing as a choir, and also the current and past pupils who acted as Altar Servers.
The children’s wonderful artwork will now be added to our front entrance ‘Communion’ display and in the school hall for the whole school to enjoy. We are awaiting the official photographs to arrive from the school photographer and will put them on our website. Below is a picture of the Communicants from the day.