By: Julita Kantod
Tawau - A total number of 80 children received their first Holy Communion on 30th October 2016, at Holy Trinity Church, Tawau. It was solemnized by Rev. Msgr Nicholas Ong. They received their formation from the Sunday School in 3 languages: Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and English. They are, indeed, blessed to have a wonderful beginning of their journey of faith.
The excitement and joy were visible in each one of them as they have really waited for this moment to be part of their memorable encounter with Jesus in their life.
In receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, a new chapter of spiritual growth is initiated with the hope that they will grow in knowing the Lord deeper through the guidance of their parents, siblings and the Catholic Community as a whole.
In his address to all communicants, Msgr. Nicholas Ong stressed that they must continue to learn to know the meaning of the Body and Blood of Christ by receiving it every week and whenever an opportunity comes. “Listen and obey your parents and teachers in the Sunday School so that you will understand deeply about the Eucharist and will be more knowledgeable about your faith. You must grow, not only physically, but also spiritually. Living in the spirit of joy and love can only be attained by receiving the Body and Blood of Christ that will nourish your soul “, he said.
After the Eucharist, all communicants together with all Sunday school facilitators proceeded to the Parish Hall for a simple fellowship to celebrate the moment of receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time.