Preparing First Communicants is a Joy

by Sister Julie Ann on April 18, 2010

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have actually been preparing young people (and those not so young) to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion for a long time. Community foundresses responded to the need of  catechizing German immigrant children which no doubt included instructing God’s little ones in the sacraments of initiation.

Franciscan Sister Rejoices with Family of First Communicants

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Veronica Schad, OSF, assists families with First Communion Instruction.

Today at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Manitowoc, WI,  Sister Veronica Schad, OSF, witnessed and joyfully celebrated with First Communicants and their families. The young people, after being properly catechized, were welcomed at the Eucharistic table in one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic’s life.

Sister Veronica shared: “Teaching/preparing students for First Communion is a privilege. The beauty of seeing them receive Jesus for the first time is very impressive. The students are very eager, open and wanting to receive the Lord in the Eucharist. They know the Lord is closer to them in another way and can receive Him often.”

First Communion marks the day that children have studied and understood, to the best of their abilities, the mystery of transubstantiation, the changing of the substance of ordinary bread and wine into the substance of Christ’s body and blood. Communicants receive Holy Communion not once, but for the rest of their lives becoming one with Christ and sharing in His eternal life.

St. Francis of Assisi said:

…receive the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ with fervor in holy remembrance of Him.

6 thoughts on “Preparing First Communicants is a Joy”

  1. I agree with Sister Veronica. The First Communicants were truly joyful, but then so were their parents. Tears of joy, a nostagia mix of feelings, were common. The Lord bless all these families and teachers for their generous commitment to Jesus day in and day out.

  2. sisterannemarielom says:

    The children look happy as do the parents. But I'm noticing the joy on the face of the catechist. To lead a little one to Jesus is a great ministry. Thank you, Sister Veronica!

  3. sistersharon says:

    Sr. Veronica, what a lovely picture of you and the family who is experiencing another child receiving the most precious body & blood of Christ: a GIFT that will be a nourishing one throughout life. Thank YOU for being part of the piece in teaching and preparing children for First Communion.

  4. Sister Sharon says:

    Sr. Veronica, what a lovely picture of you and the family who is experiencing another child receiving the most precious body & blood of Christ: a GIFT that will be a nourishing one throughout life. Thank YOU for being part of the piece in teaching and preparing children for First Communion.

  5. sisterrosangela says:

    Sister Veronica, you radiate God's joy as do the children and their parents. I well remember the joy and awe of teaching and witnessing the day of First Communion for my classes. It truly is a special time and so full of God's graces. It seems to touch everyone. Thanks for you committment. God bless you.

  6. Sister Lois Ann says:

    Congratulations, Sr. Veronica, on being such a good, joyfilled and enthusiastic teacher of the youth – the future of our Church. Congratulations to your First Communicants and their families.
    It is indeed a privilege and a responsibility to teach the children & their parents the meaning and effect of Communion of the Lord. Keep the depth & Spirit of the Sacrament.
    The Lord grant you peace.

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