Catholic Parish of
The Most Holy Redeemer
BILLERICAY, ESSEX
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Letter to First Holy Communion Children

Friday 15th May 2020

Dear Children,

I wanted to write to all of you to say how sorry I am that we haven't been able to celebrate your First Holy Communions on the dates that we had originally planned.

I know that you have been looking forward to making your First Holy Communion and being able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the very first time. I know that some of you already have the dresses and the suits that you were going to wear on your special day.

What I want to say to you is that although we are not able to meet together at this present time, when we are able to gather again we will be able to celebrate your Holy Communion Masses and my prayer is that when this does take place it will be more meaningful for you because you have had to wait a little bit longer.

Nobody likes waiting but one of the lessons that we learn as we get older is that often the most important things in our lives are ones which take time. Think about when you were born. It took nine months before you came into this world and although that might seem like a long time, it is nothing in comparison to how long our lives are.

In the same way, although you're going to have to wait a bit longer before you can celebrate your Holy Communion, that pales into insignificance when compared to the fact that you will be able to receive Jesus every time you come to Mass for the rest of your lives.

In the meantime, while you are waiting I would ask you to do a few things.

Firstly, make sure that you are still saying your prayers for your family and for all the children in the First Holy Communion group.

Secondly, make sure that you are watching the online Masses that we are putting on You Tube every week. This is a good way of reminding yourselves what you are missing and what you can look forward to. A lovely prayer to say at the time of Communion is the Prayer of Spiritual Communion which goes like this:

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

And lastly, please pray for all of those who have been affected by the coronavirus. For all of the doctors and nurses who are caring for those who are sick, for all of those families who have lost loved ones and for those who are feeling lonely and frightened at this time.

When all of this is over it will be great to be able to celebrate your First Holy Communions and to have something to be joyful about but until that day I will be praying for you and I would ask you to pray for me and for all of our parish family.

God Bless,
Father Dan.

The Most Holy Redeemer. Diocese of Brentwood.
The Brentwood Diocesan Trust. Registered Charity No. 234092

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