MEMORIES OF MY FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Many of us Barkurians who browse through our wonderful website
Barkuronline.com are happy to see the news and pictures of our
children who are making their First Holy Communion. I am sure it
brought many beautiful memories of our own First Holy Communion
day at St. Peter the Apostle church in Barkur. I would like to
share my own memories hoping that it will enlighten our viewers
and help them to share their memories with others.
I made my First Holy Communion in April, 1971. There were 35
children in our class, including my twin brother. The associate
pastor and sisters from our parish were the primary catechists in
preparing us for our First Holy Communion. I still remember that
wonderful Sunday morning Mass in our church. My mother, on the
previous day, prepared us well. That Sunday morning we were
awakened early as Mass was at 7:30 am and taken to church where we
met our other classmates who were to receive their First Holy
At the beginning of the Mass, we processed in with the main
celebrant to the altar and then sat in the front pews with our
parents. Since our father was away my brother and I sat with our
Our brothers and sisters, godparents and many relatives were also
present in the church. After Mass, our parish priest, Fr. Aloysius
Rosario, invited all of the new communicants to the rectory for a
tea party. I recall the words our parish priest said to all of us
that day: "Today you are all happy because you received Jesus for
the first time into your hearts. Continue to be happy and keep the
flame of joy in your life always and make every effort to receive
the Lord as often as you can."
Following the church celebration, we had a big celebration in our
home with our family and friends who gave us their blessings and
Today, I briefly share this memory with our First Holy Communion
children and their families from my home parish St. Peterís
mainly to show the universal concept of our Catholic Church and
how we are all connected through the sacraments and our liturgical
celebrations. We are the Sacramental Church, and we are "One
Church" no matter where we live. Christ is the head of the church,
and we are all members of his body.
May God bless our new Communicants and their families.
Fr. Tony Andrade.