23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
I want to say a few words about the first communion preparation this year.
This year there are only nine classes and each of these will be repeated to make it easier to attend. This year more emphasis is being placed on the importance of being part of the parish community, in particular by attending Holy Mass on Sundays (or Saturday evenings) for those who wish to receive Holy Communion.
Once a child has attended all 9 classes and attended Sunday or Saturday evening Mass 25 times their parents are free to ask Father Farrell to decide if he thinks their child is ready to begin receiving Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion will normally be at the 11am Mass on 17th & 24th June and 1st & 8th July, however parents are free to ask Father Farrell about a different Sunday.
One useful way to meditate upon the great mystery of God's inner life which Jesus has revealed to us is to reflect upon the one to whom we are praying. Sometimes it's obvious. 'Our Father' is praying to God the Father, 'Come Holy Spirit' is addressed to God the Holy Spirit and 'Lord I am not worthy to receive you' is addressed to Jesus, God the Son. The Eucharistic prayer is prayed through the Son, to the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. We can reflect on this question too when we consider our private prayers. To whom do I pray?