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 A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY - The liturgy for first Holy Communion last Sunday is noteworthy for several reasons. First, the children—picture perfect in white shirts, dresses and veils—were well prepared for the sacrament by their parents as part of our parish’s home-centered Family Faith Formation. Second, it was the first time ever we had First Communicants at all three of our Sunday Masses! The liturgy was enhanced by our musicians, choir and, as always, our well prepared and punctual Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Greeters and Ushers.
On Sunday, April 10, our third graders and their parents participated in our annual retreat for first Eucharist families. Special thanks to our catechists: Nadine Cyphert, Teresa Frederick and Jen Glover.
In my homily last Sunday I asked the kids to remember one word about their First Holy Communion - PEACE. I defined it like this:

P – Prayer is Primary. Six to 10 minutes a day of contemplative prayer in a quiet place with no distractions. A Bible, prayer book, a rosary is all you need. And if you are distracted just tell them, “Come back in five minutes. I’m praying.”
E – Eucharist is Essential. That means Mass every Sunday. Yes! As a family.
A – Action with an Attitude. During the Jubilee Year of Mercy we will be focusing on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. These “actions” are deeply rooted in the Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.
C – Charity. Our “action with an attitude” must be rooted and grounded in love. The same love that our Lord Jesus Christ showed when he washed the feet of his Apostles in the Upper Room on the night he was betrayed.
E – Eternal Life. All of our prayer and every action is directed to Jesus’ greatest promise: “And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, the one and only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent” (John 17:3 – THE MESSAGE)

Key Passage: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)
Adult: How in your family and community have you loved one another in the face of abuse or brokenness? How does prayer to a merciful and compassionate God help you deal with this?
Youth: How do you feel loved by Jesus? How do you share this love with others?

WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Jesus asks us to demonstrate our love for him through our generosity to others. In our everyday lives, he calls us to share our gifts of time, talent and treasure with others.

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